Title page for ETD etd-09192009-040235

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Betaque, Andrew D.
URN etd-09192009-040235
Title Evaluation of software for analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rojiani, Kamal B. Committee Chair
Barker, Richard M. Committee Member
Garst, Donald A. Committee Member
  • Reinforced concrete construction
Date of Defense 1992-12-02
Availability unrestricted
A study was performed to compare the linear static analysis and concrete design

capabilities of two structural analysis and design programs - MicasPlus and

ST AAD 111. Four structures were considered including a four span continuous

beam, a two story 3-D frame, a seven story 3-D frame, and a fourteen story 3-D

frame. The study compared the accuracy of the programs as well as their

functionality. In the evaluation of the accuracy of analysis results, factors such as

support reactions, nodal displacements, and element end forces were compared.

The evaluation of the concrete design capabilities was based on comparing the

reinforcement recommended by the two programs for beams and columns. For

beam design, steel reinforcing bar selections for positive moment, negative

moment, and shear reinforcing were compared. For column design, the cross

sectional area of steel chosen by each program was compared. Factors

considered in the evaluation of functionality included: user interface, ease of use,

ease of learning, quality of output, documentation, flexibility, and analysis and

design capabilities.

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