Structural Engineering and Microcomputers

by Joseph J. Rencis, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Worcester Polytechnic Inst., Dept. of Mech. Engrg., 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-585-3 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-585-0 (ISBN-10), 1987, Soft Cover, Pg. 73

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | April 29, 1987

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


This publication contains five papers on the use of microcomputers by structural engineers. The first paper discusses the design of multi-story rigid steel frames. The design process employed consists of a preliminary analysis stage, member selection and drift optimization. The second paper looks at a structural engineering system which is built around the analysis and design strengths of STRUDL. This system covers various aspects of structural engineering from design, modeling, and analysis through documentation in an integrated mode. In the third paper a prototype expert system for wood structural members was developed to demonstrate how the uncertainties associated with environmental conditions may be incorporated into the design process. This expert system provides an engineer the proper set of allowable stresses to begin proportioning wood members. The fourth paper looks at the three-dimensional seismic analysis of highway bridges. Finally, the fifth paper discusses the design of partially prestressed beams. The computer program developed carries out the complete design process and can be effectively used to save time and also improve accuracy.

Subject Headings: Allowable stress design | Systems engineering | Bridge design | Structural engineering | Computers | Steel frames | Expert systems | Wood


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