Optimal Design of Tall RC Tube Buildings

by David B. Spires, Martin/Martin, United States,
J. S. Arora, Martin/Martin, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering

Abstract: The analysis and design of reinforced concrete framed tube buildings is formulated as a nonlinear optimization problem and solved using modern design optimization software. The influence of column spacing, spandrel beam stiffness, column stiffness, and other design variables on the overall cost is studied. A brief review of tall building design considerations and framed tube behavior is presented, as well as a discussion of the analysis methods employed, and some specific aspects of computer implementation.

Subject Headings: Building design | Reinforced concrete | Concrete structures | Structural design | Tubes (structure) | Concrete frames | Computer software | Beam columns

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