Advances in Civil Engineering http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Self-Compacting Concrete Incorporating Micro- and Acrylic Polymer Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:34:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2014/652362/ This study examined the effects of using acrylic polymer and micro-SiO2 in self-compacting concrete (SCC). Using these materials in SCC improves the characteristics of the concrete. Self-compacting samples with 1-2% of a polymer and 10% micro-SiO2 were made. In all cases, compressive strength, water absorption, and self-compacting tests were done. The results show that adding acrylic polymer and micro-SiO2 does not have a significant negative effect on the mechanical properties of self-compacting concrete. In addition using these materials leads to improving them. Ali Heidari and Marzieh Zabihi Copyright © 2014 Ali Heidari and Marzieh Zabihi. All rights reserved. New Active Control Method Based on Using Multiactuators and Sensors Considering Uncertainty of Parameters Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:05:19 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2014/180673/ New approach is presented for controlling the structural vibrations. The proposed active control method is based on structural dynamics theories in which multiactuators and sensors are utilized. Each actuator force is modeled as an equivalent viscous damper so that several lower vibration modes are damped critically. This subject is achieved by simple mathematical formulation. The proposed method does not depend on the type of dynamic load and it could be applied to control structures with multidegrees of freedom. For numerical verification of proposed method, several criterions such as maximum displacement, maximum kinetic energy, maximum drift, and time history of controlled force and displacement are evaluated in two- , five- , and seven-story shear buildings, subjected to the harmonic load, impact force, and the Elcentro base excitation. This study shows that the proposed method has suitable efficiency for reducing structural vibrations. Moreover, the uncertainty effect of different parameters is investigated here. Babak Karimpour, Ali Keyhani, and Javad Alamatian Copyright © 2014 Babak Karimpour et al. All rights reserved. Free Vibration Response of a Frame Structural Model Controlled by a Nonlinear Active Mass Driver System Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:04:33 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2014/745814/ Active control devices, such as active mass dampers, are mainly employed for the reduction of wind-induced vibrations in high-rise buildings, with the final aim of satisfying vibration serviceability limit state requirements and of meeting appropriate comfort criteria. When such active devices, normally operating under wind loads associated with short return periods, are subjected to seismic events, they can experience large amplitude vibrations and exceed stroke limits. This may lead to a reduced performance of the control system that can even worsen the performance of the whole structure. In this paper, a nonlinear control strategy based on a modified direct velocity feedback algorithm is proposed for handling stroke limits of an active mass driver (AMD) system. In particular, a suitable nonlinear braking term proportional to the relative AMD velocity is included in the control law in order to slowdown the device in the proximity of the stroke limits. Experimental and numerical free vibration tests are carried out on a scaled-down five-story frame structure equipped with an AMD to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control strategy. Ilaria Venanzi and Filippo Ubertini Copyright © 2014 Ilaria Venanzi and Filippo Ubertini. All rights reserved. Causes of Early Age Cracking on Concrete Bridge Deck Expansion Joint Repair Sections Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:29:44 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2014/103421/ Cracking of newly placed binary Portland cement-slag concrete adjacent to bridge deck expansion dam replacements has been observed on several newly rehabilitated sections of bridge decks. This paper investigates the causes of cracking by assessing the concrete mixtures specified for bridge deck rehabilitation projects, as well as reviewing the structural design of decks and the construction and curing methods implemented by the contractors. The work consists of (1) a comprehensive literature review of the causes of cracking on bridge decks, (2) a review of previous bridge deck rehabilitation projects that experienced early-age cracking along with construction observations of active deck rehabilitation projects, and (3) an experimental evaluation of the two most commonly used bridge deck concrete mixtures. Based on the literature review, the causes of concrete bridge deck cracking can be classified into three categories: concrete material properties, construction practices, and structural design factors. The most likely causes of the observed early-age cracking were found to be inadequate curing and failure to properly eliminate the risk of plastic shrinkage cracking. These results underscore the significance of proper moist curing methods for concrete bridge decks, including repair sections. This document also provides a blueprint for future researchers to investigate early-age cracking of concrete structures. Jared R. Wright, Farshad Rajabipour, Jeffrey A. Laman, and Aleksandra Radlińska Copyright © 2014 Jared R. Wright et al. All rights reserved. Evaluation of the Fresh and Hardened Properties of Steel Fibre Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete Using Recycled Aggregates as a Replacement Material Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:20:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2014/671547/ In this world of rapid urbanization the demand for natural construction materials is increasing day by day which has created a necessity for alternative construction materials. Recycling of materials is a possible way of eradicating the acute shortage of materials. Considerable work has been done in the area of self-compacting concrete by partial replacement of coarse aggregates (CA) with recycled coarse aggregates (RCA) obtained from construction and demolition debris. The present study has been done by adding steel fibers to concrete in a view of improving the mechanical properties of SCC so that it can be applied in beam column joints. An ideal mix proportion was arrived at, as a result of repeated trials and specimens that were cast and cured. The compression, tensile, and flexural strength parameters were determined and the result has been presented. The results obtained reveal that brick bats in combination with steel fibres may be used extensively in SCC. N. Nalanth, P. Vincent Venkatesan, and M. S. Ravikumar Copyright © 2014 N. Nalanth et al. All rights reserved. A Multimode Adaptive Pushover Procedure for Seismic Assessment of Integral Bridges Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:10:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/941905/ This paper presents a new adaptive pushover procedure to account for the effect of higher modes in order to accurately estimate the seismic response of bridges. The effect of higher modes is considered by introducing a minimum value for the total effective modal mass. The proposed method employs enough number of modes to ensure that the defined total effective modal mass participates in all increments of the pushover loading. An adaptive demand curve is also developed for assessment of the seismic demand. The efficiency and robustness of the proposed method are demonstrated by conducting a parametric study. The analysis includes 18 four-span integral bridges with various heights of piers. The inelastic response history analysis is employed as reference solution in this study. Numerical results indicate excellent accuracy of the proposed method in assessment of the seismic response. For most bridges investigated in this study, the difference between the estimated response of the proposed method and the inelastic response history analysis is less than 25% for displacements and 10% for internal forces. This indicates a very good accuracy compared to available pushover procedures in the literature. The proposed method is therefore recommended to be applied to the seismic performance evaluation of integral bridges for engineering applications. Ehsan Mohtashami and Ahmad Shooshtari Copyright © 2013 Ehsan Mohtashami and Ahmad Shooshtari. All rights reserved. Bending-Shear Interaction Domains for Externally Prestressed Concrete Girders Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:08:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/580646/ In prestressed concrete structures, the evaluation of the safety level is generally carried out by separating the bending moment strength and the shear force capacity. Actually interaction between bending moment (M) and shear force (V) can have significant consequences on evaluations in service life, especially when the ultimate limit state (ULS) is considered. In this paper, the M-V interaction is addressed for prestressed concrete girders, in the cases of both bonded and unbonded prestressing tendons. It can be demonstrated, by drawing the interaction domains (M-V), that a significant reduction of the safety level has to be considered when shear force is evaluated together with bending moment on the ULS of the cross-section, especially for external prestressing in concrete T-shaped or box sections of bridge girders. Interaction domains allow designers to evaluate and optimize reinforcement ratios, geometric properties of the beam, and effects of shear on the ultimate state. An analytical model, based on the stress field theory, is developed and proposed in this paper. A numerical example is developed and interaction domains are given for an example of a box section with variation in reinforcement ratio and tendon slope. A validation of the presented model is given, by comparing experimental data in the literature with results found using the proposed analytical approach. Antonino Recupero and Michele Fabio Granata Copyright © 2013 Antonino Recupero and Michele Fabio Granata. All rights reserved. Mechanical Parameters and Post-Cracking Behaviour of HPFRC according to Three-Point and Four-Point Bending Test Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:43:16 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/179712/ High performance fibre reinforced concrete (HPFRC) is a modern structural material with a high potential and with an increasing number of structural applications. Structural design of HPFRC elements is based on the post-cracking residual strength provided by fibre reinforcement, and for structural use, a minimum mechanical performance of HPFRC must be guaranteed. To optimize the performance of HPFRC in structural members, it is necessary to establish the mechanical properties and the post-cracking and fracture behaviour in a univocal and reliable way. The best test methodology to evaluate the post-cracking and toughness properties of HPFRC is the beam bending test. Two different types of configurations are proposed: the three-point and the four-point bending tests. The overall focus of this paper is to evaluate the mechanical properties and the post-cracking and fracture behaviour of HPFRC, using the two different standard test procedures. To achieve these aims, plain and fibre concrete specimens were tested. All the test specimens were extensively instrumented to establish the strength properties, crack tip and crack mouth opening displacement, and post-cracking behaviour. The results of the two types of bending tests were critically analysed and compared to identify and highlight the differing effects of the bending load configurations on the mechanical parameters of HPFRC material. Francesco Bencardino Copyright © 2013 Francesco Bencardino. All rights reserved. Bayesian Probabilistic Framework for Damage Identification of Steel Truss Bridges under Joint Uncertainties Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:58:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/307171/ The vibration-based structural health monitoring has been traditionally implemented through the deterministic approach that relies on a single model to identify model parameters that represent damages. When such approach is applied for truss bridges, truss joints are usually modeled as either simple hinges or rigid connections. The former could lead to model uncertainties due to the discrepancy between physical configurations and their mathematical models, while the latter could induce model parameter uncertainties due to difficulty in obtaining accurate model parameters of complex joint details. This paper is to present a new perspective for addressing uncertainties associated with truss joint configurations in damage identification based on Bayesian probabilistic model updating and model class selection. A new sampling method of the transitional Markov chain Monte Carlo is incorporated with the structure’s finite element model for implementing the approach to damage identification of truss structures. This method can not only draw samples which approximate the updated probability distributions of uncertain model parameters but also provide model evidence that quantify probabilities of uncertain model classes. The proposed probabilistic framework and its applicability for addressing joint uncertainties are illustrated and examined with an application example. Future research directions in this field are discussed. Wei Zheng and Yi Yu Copyright © 2013 Wei Zheng and Yi Yu. All rights reserved. An Analytical Step-by-Step Procedure to Derive the Flexural Response of RC Sections in Compression Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:15:17 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/275657/ This paper proposes an analysis procedure able to determine the flexural response of rectangular symmetrically reinforced concrete sections subjected to axial load and uniaxial bending. With respect to the usual numerical approaches, based on the fibre decomposition method, this procedure is based on the use of analytical expressions of the contributions to the equilibrium given by the longitudinal reinforcement and the concrete region in compression, which depend on the neutral axis depth and the curvature at each analysis step. The formulation is developed in dimensionless terms, after a preliminary definition of the geometrical and mechanical parameters involved, so that the results are valid for classes of RC sections. The constitutive laws of the materials include confinement effect on the concrete and postyielding behaviour of the steel reinforcement, which can be assumed to be softening behaviour for buckled reinforcing bars. The strength and curvature domains at the first yielding of the reinforcement in tension and at the ultimate state are derived in the form of analytical curves depending on the compression level; therefore, the role of a single parameter on the shape of these curves can easily be deduced. The procedure is validated by comparing some results with those numerically obtained by other authors. Piero Colajanni, Marinella Fossetti, and Maurizio Papia Copyright © 2013 Piero Colajanni et al. All rights reserved. Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of a Historical Church: Limit Analysis and Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:54:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/517454/ The seismic vulnerability of a historical Basilica church located in Italy is studied by means of limit analysis and nonlinear finite element (FE) analysis. Attention is posed to the failure mechanisms involving the façade of the church and its interaction with the lateral walls. In particular, the limit analysis and the nonlinear FE analysis provide an estimate of the load collapse multiplier of the failure mechanisms. Results obtained from both approaches are in agreement and can support the selection of possible retrofitting measures to decrease the vulnerability of the church under seismic loads. G. Castellazzi, C. Gentilini, and L. Nobile Copyright © 2013 G. Castellazzi et al. All rights reserved. Mechanical Properties of Lightweight Concrete Partition with a Core of Textile Waste Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:57:08 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/482310/ This investigation is focused on bending experiment of some prismatic perlite lightweight concrete. In these samples, textile waste fibers are confined with textile mesh glass fiber and embedded in the central part of cubic lightweight concrete specimens. Bending experiments revealed that lightweight concrete panels with a core of textile waste fiber have less density than water and high energy absorption and ductility. Furthermore, these composite panels by having appropriate thermal insulation characteristics could be used for partitioning in the buildings. Kamran Aghaee and Mohammad Foroughi Copyright © 2013 Kamran Aghaee and Mohammad Foroughi. All rights reserved. Nonlinear Seismic Response Analysis of Curved and Skewed Bridge System with Spherical Bearings Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:09:09 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/248575/ A three-dimensional (3D) modeling approach to investigate nonlinear seismic response of a curved and skewed bridge system is proposed. The approach is applied to a three-span curved and skewed steel girder bridge in the United States. The superstructure is modeled using 3D frame elements for the girders, truss elements for the cross-frames, and equivalent frame elements to represent the deck. Spherical bearings are modeled with zero-length elements coupled with hysteretic material models. Nonlinear seismic responses of the bearings subjected to actual ground motions are examined in various directions. Findings indicate that the bearings experience moderate damage for most loading scenarios based on FEMA seismic performance criteria. Further, the bearing responses are different for the loading scenarios because of seismic effects caused by interactions between excitation direction and radius of curvature. Junwon Seo, Daniel G. Linzell, and Jong Wan Hu Copyright © 2013 Junwon Seo et al. All rights reserved. Stress-Strain Law for Confined Concrete with Hardening or Softening Behavior Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:58:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/804904/ This paper provides a new general stress-strain law for concrete confined by steel, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), or fiber reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM), obtained by a suitable modification of the well-known Sargin’s curve for steel confined concrete. The proposed law is able to reproduce stress-strain curve of any shape, having both hardening or softening behavior, by using a single closed-form simple algebraic expression with constant coefficients. The coefficients are defined on the basis of the stress and the tangent modulus of the confined concrete in three characteristic points of the curve, thus being related to physical meaningful parameters. It will be shown that if the values of the parameters of the law are deduced from experimental tests, the model is able to accurately reproduce the experimental curve. If they are evaluated on the basis of an analysis-oriented model, the proposed model provides a handy equivalent design model. Piero Colajanni, Maurizio Papia, and Nino Spinella Copyright © 2013 Piero Colajanni et al. All rights reserved. Quantitative Acoustic Emission Fatigue Crack Characterization in Structural Steel and Weld Sun, 02 Jun 2013 14:13:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/461529/ The fatigue crack growth characteristics of structural steel and weld connections are analyzed using quantitative acoustic emission (AE) technique. This was experimentally investigated by three-point bending testing of specimens under low cycle constant amplitude loading using the wavelet packet analysis. The crack growth sequence, that is, initiation, crack propagation, and fracture, is extracted from their corresponding frequency feature bands, respectively. The results obtained proved to be superior to qualitative AE analysis and the traditional linear elastic fracture mechanics for fatigue crack characterization in structural steel and welds. Adutwum Marfo, Ying Luo, and Chen Zhong-an Copyright © 2013 Adutwum Marfo et al. All rights reserved. Sensitivity Analysis of the Influence of Structural Parameters on Dynamic Behaviour of Highly Redundant Cable-Stayed Bridges Thu, 09 May 2013 13:49:49 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/426932/ The model tuning through sensitivity analysis is a prominent procedure to assess the structural behavior and dynamic characteristics of cable-stayed bridges. Most of the previous sensitivity-based model tuning methods are automatic iterative processes; however, the results of recent studies show that the most reasonable results are achievable by applying the manual methods to update the analytical model of cable-stayed bridges. This paper presents a model updating algorithm for highly redundant cable-stayed bridges that can be used as an iterative manual procedure. The updating parameters are selected through the sensitivity analysis which helps to better understand the structural behavior of the bridge. The finite element model of Tatara Bridge is considered for the numerical studies. The results of the simulations indicate the efficiency and applicability of the presented manual tuning method for updating the finite element model of cable-stayed bridges. The new aspects regarding effective material and structural parameters and model tuning procedure presented in this paper will be useful for analyzing and model updating of cable-stayed bridges. B. Asgari, S. A. Osman, and A. Adnan Copyright © 2013 B. Asgari et al. All rights reserved. Engagement of Facilities Management in Design Stage through BIM: Framework and a Case Study Thu, 02 May 2013 10:55:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/189105/ Considering facilities management (FM) at the early design stage could potentially reduce the efforts for maintenance during the operational phase of facilities. Few efforts in construction industry have involved facility managers into the design phase. It was suggested that early adoption of facilities management will contribute to reducing the needs for major repairs and alternations that will otherwise occur at the operational phase. There should be an integrated data source providing information support for the building lifecycle. It is envisaged that Building Information Modelling (BIM) would fill the gap by acting as a visual model and a database throughout the building lifecycle. This paper develops a framework of how FM can be considered in design stage through BIM. Based on the framework, the paper explores how BIM will beneficially support FM in the design phase, such as space planning and energy analysis. A case study of using BIM to design facility managers’ travelling path in the maintenance process is presented. The results show that early adoption of FM in design stage with BIM can significantly reduce life cycle costs. Ying Wang, Xiangyu Wang, Jun Wang, Ping Yung, and Guo Jun Copyright © 2013 Ying Wang et al. All rights reserved. Asset Management Business Model for Design, Realization, and Maintenance of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bridges Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:54:25 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/868791/ This paper particularly addresses the market implementation of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for bridges. It presents the concept of demand and supply chain innovation as being investigated within two ongoing European collaborative research projects (FP7) titled Trans-IND and PANTURA. FRP has emerged as a real alternative structural material based on various sustainability considerations, among others the reduced life-cycle cost due to less maintenance needs, longer lifetime, and easiness to repair, replace, or recycle the components. The Trans-IND research project aims to develop and demonstrate new industrialized processes to use FRP for civil infrastructure projects at a large scale. In order to be cost effective, a new value-chain strategy for the design, realization, and maintenance of FRP bridges is required to replace the fragmented supply chain and the one-off approach to a construction project. This paper focuses on the development of new business models based on asset management strategy, which covers the entire demand and supply chains. Research on new business models is supported by the insight into the market and regulatory frameworks in different EU countries. This is based on field surveys across the EU that have been carried out as a part of the Trans-IND and PANTURA collaborative research projects. Rizal Sebastian Copyright © 2013 Rizal Sebastian. All rights reserved. Handling Low-Density LiDAR Data: Calculating the Heights of Civil Constructions and the Accuracy Expected Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:25:52 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2013/602364/ During the last years, in many developed countries, administrations and private companies have devoted considerable amounts of money to obtain mapping data using airborne LiDAR. For many civil activities, we can take advantage of it, since those data are available with no cost. Some important questions arise: Are those data good enough to be used for determining the heights of the civil constructions with the accuracy we need in some civil work? What accuracy can we expect when using low-density LiDAR data (0.5 pts/m2)? In order to answer those questions, we have developed a specific methodology based on establishing a set of control points on the top of several constructions and calculating the elevation of each one using postprocessing GPS. Those results have been taken as correct values and the comparison between those values and the elevations obtained, assigning values to the control points by the interpolation of the LiDAR dataset, has been carried out. This paper shows the results obtained using low-density airborne LiDAR data and the accuracy obtained. Results have shown that LiDAR can be accurate enough (10–25 cm) to determine the height of civil constructions and apply those data in many civil engineering activities. Rubén Martínez Marín, Elena Lianes Revilla, Juan Carlos Ojeda Manrique, and Miguel Marchamalo Sacristán Copyright © 2012 Rubén Martínez Marín et al. All rights reserved. Bridge Structures Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:16:27 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/912612/ Sami W. Tabsh and Husam Najm Copyright © 2012 Sami W. Tabsh and Husam Najm. All rights reserved. The Design of a Semi-Prefabricated LVL-Concrete Composite Floor Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:19:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/626592/ This paper describes the design of a novel semi-prefabricated LVL-concrete composite floor that has been developed in New Zealand. In this solution, the floor units made from LVL joists and plywood are prefabricated in the factory and transported to the building site. The units are then lifted onto the supports and connected to the main frames of the building and to the adjacent units. Finally, a concrete topping is poured on top of the units in order to form a continuous slab connecting all the units. Rectangular notches cut from the LVL joists and reinforced with coach screws provide the composite action between the concrete slab and the LVL joists. This system proved to be an effective modular solution that ensures rapid construction. A design procedure based on the use of the effective flexural stiffness method, also known as the “gamma method” is proposed for the design of the composite floor at ultimate and serviceability limit states, in the short and long term. By comparison with the experimental results, it is shown that the proposed method leads to conservative design. A step-by-step design worked example of this novel semi-prefabricated composite floor concludes the paper. David Yeoh and Massimo Fragiacomo Copyright © 2012 David Yeoh and Massimo Fragiacomo. All rights reserved. Electrokinetic Treatment for Model Caissons with Increasing Dimensions Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:32:47 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/153123/ Electrokinetic treatment has been known in geotechnical engineering for over six decades, yet, the technique is rarely used. This stems from the absence of design guidelines and specifications for electrokinetic treatment systems. An important issue that need to be investigated and understood in order to devise guidelines from experimental results is the effect of the foundation element size on the outcome of the treatment. Also important is determining the optimum distance between the electrodes and estimating the energy consumption prior to treatment. This experimental study is a preliminary step in understanding some of the issues critical for the guidelines and specifications. Four model caissons with surface areas between 16000 and 128000 mm2 were embedded in soft clayey soil under water and treated for 168 hr with a dc voltage of 6 V. From the results, a distance between the anode (model caisson) and the cathode equal 0.25 times the outside diameter of the model caisson was identified as optimum. Relationships between the surface area and axial capacity of the model caisson and the surface area and energy consumption were presented. The equations can be used to preliminary estimate the load capacity and the energy consumption for full-scale applications. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan, Kevin Curtain, Matt Fenos, Kevin Girard, Anthony Provenzano, and Wesley Tabaczuk Copyright © 2012 Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan et al. All rights reserved. Analytical Model for the End-Bearing Capacity of Tapered Piles Using Cavity Expansion Theory Sun, 02 Dec 2012 16:08:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/749540/ On the basis of evidence from model tests on increasing the end-bearing behavior of tapered piles at the load-settlement curve, this paper proposes an analytical spherical cavity expansion theory to evaluate the end-bearing capacity. The angle of tapering is inserted in the proposed model to evaluate the end-bearing capacity. The test results of the proposed model in different types of sands and different relative densities show good effects compared to conventional straight piles. The end-bearing capacity increases with increases in the tapering angle. The paper then propounds a model for prototypes and real-type pile tests which predicts and validates to evaluate the end-bearing capacity. Suman Manandhar and Noriyuki Yasufuku Copyright © 2012 Suman Manandhar and Noriyuki Yasufuku. All rights reserved. Monitoring Interior and Exterior Wall Inspections within a Virtual Environment Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:27:52 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/780379/ This paper describes two prototype applications based on the Virtual Reality (VR) technology for use in maintenance planning of buildings. In a building, the paint coating applied to interior walls and the different types of materials applied to façades convey their aesthetic character and also perform an important function of protection. This a construction component which is exposed to agents of deterioration related to its use, needing the regular evaluation of its state of repair. The applications support the performance of such periodic inspections and the monitoring of interior and exterior wall maintenance, using the VR technology. Used during an inspection visit, the applications allow users to consult a database of irregularities, normally associated with the coating, classified by the most probable causes and by the recommended repair methodologies. In addition, a chromatic scale related to the degree of deterioration of the coating, defined as a function of the time between the dates of the application of the paint and the scheduled repainting, can be attributed to each element of coating monitored. This use of the VR technology allows inspections and the evaluation of the degree of wear and tear of materials to be carried out in a highly direct and intuitive manner. A. Z. Sampaio, D. P. Rosário, and A. R. Gomes Copyright © 2012 A. Z. Sampaio et al. All rights reserved. Dynamic Stress-Strain Behaviour of Steel Fiber Reinforced High-Performance Concrete with Fly Ash Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:24:29 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/907431/ The addition of steel fibers into concrete mix can significantly improve the engineering properties of concrete. The mechanical behaviors of steel fiber reinforced high-performance concrete with fly ash (SFRHPFAC) are studied in this paper through both static compression test and dynamic impact test. Cylindrical and cube specimens with three volume fractions of end-hooked steel fibers with volume fraction of 0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5% (39.25, 78.50, and 117.75 kg/m3) and aspect ratio of 64 are used. These specimens are then tested for static compression and for dynamic impact by split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) at strain rate of 30–60 s−1. The results reveal that the failure mode of concrete considerably changes from brittle to ductile with the addition of steel fibers. The plain concrete may fail under low-strain-rate single impact whereas the fibrous concrete can resist impact at high strain rate loading. It is shown that strain rate has great influence on concrete strength. Besides, toughness energy is proportional to the fiber content in both static and dynamic compressions. Tan Chien Yet, R. Hamid, and Mudiono Kasmuri Copyright © 2012 Tan Chien Yet et al. All rights reserved. Strain-Based Evaluation of a Steel Through-Girder Railroad Bridge Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:06:55 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/145850/ In the state of New Mexico (USA), passenger rail began in 2008 between Belen and Santa Fe on the Rail Runner, following the acquisition of about 100 miles of existing rail and related infrastructure. Many of the bridges on this route are over 100 years old and contain fatigue prone details. This study focuses on a steel through-girder bridge along this corridor. To accurately evaluate these structures for load carrying capacity and fatigue, an accurate analytical model is required. Accordingly, four models were developed to study the sensitivity of a bridge in New Mexico to floor-system connection fixity and the ballast. A diagnostic load test was also performed to evaluate the accuracy of the finite-element models at locations of maximum moments. Comparisons between the simulated and measured bridge response were made based on strain profiles, peak strains, and Palmgren-Miner’s sums. It was found that the models including the ballast were most accurate. In most cases, the pinned ended models were closer to the measured strains. The floor beams and girders were relatively insensitive to the ballast and end conditions of the floor-system members, whereas the stringers were sensitive to the modeling of the ballast. Andrew N. Daumueller and David V. Jáuregui Copyright © 2012 Andrew N. Daumueller and David V. Jáuregui. All rights reserved. Life-Cycle Management Strategy on Steel Girders in Bridges Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:14:16 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/643543/ The major problems affecting the service life of bridges are related to various factors such as fatigue-sensitive details, increased service loads, corrosion deterioration, and the lack of proper maintenance. Among them, corrosion deterioration and fatigue damages of structures particularly to steel girder bridges are the most common ones. Bridges of different structural forms, at different locations or under different climates, may suffer from various degrees of deterioration. Steel girders at different positions of a bridge may also suffer from different degrees of damage. How to effectively maintain the bridge asset at a minimal cost and how to predict the time for future works are crucial, particularly when government funding sources become stretched. A comprehensive bridge management framework assisting stakeholders to appropriately and reasonably prioritize their future maintenance-related works in their bridge stocks, such that stakeholders can better allocate the limited resources, is utmost concerned. This paper proposes an integrated life-cycle management (LCM) strategy on steel girders in bridges in which corrosion deterioration and fatigue damage prediction models are mapped with girders’ performance conditions. A practical example to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed LCM strategy is also illustrated. Kevin K. L. So, Moe M. S. Cheung, and Eric X. Q. Zhang Copyright © 2012 Kevin K. L. So et al. All rights reserved. Optimization of Post-Tensioned Box Girder Bridges with Special Reference to Use of High-Strength Concrete Using AASHTO LRFD Method Sun, 08 Jul 2012 11:14:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/673821/ With the Federal Highway Administration-mandated implementation of the LRFD specifications, many state departments of transportation (DOTs) have already started implementing LRFD specifications as developed by the AASHTO. Many aspects of the LRFD specifications are being investigated by DOTs and researchers in order for seamless implementation for design and analysis purposes. This paper presents the investigation on several design aspects of post-tensioned box girder bridges designed by LRFD Specifications using conventional or High-Strength Concrete (HSC). A computer spreadsheet application was specifically developed for this investigation. It is capable of analysis, design, and cost evaluation of the superstructure for a cast-in-place post-tensioned box girder bridge. Optimal design of a post-tensioned box girder is achievable by correct selection of design variables. Cost evaluation of superstructures with different geometrical and material configurations has led to the development of optimum design charts for these types of superstructures. Variables used to develop these charts include, among others, span length, section depth, web spacing, tendon profile, and concrete strength. It was observed that HSC enables the achievement of significantly longer span lengths and/or longer web spacing that is not achievable when using normal strength concrete. Byungik Chang, Kamal Mirtalaei, Seungyeol Lee, and Kenneth Leitch Copyright © 2012 Byungik Chang et al. All rights reserved. Structural Behavior and Design of Barrier-Overhang Connection in Concrete Bridge Superstructures Using AASHTO LRFD Method Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:52:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/935329/ The U.S. Departments of Transportation adopted the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications during the year 2007, which is mandated by AASHTO and FHWA. The application of LRFD specification initiated numerous research works in this field. This investigation addresses the LRFD and Standard design methodologies of concrete deck slab, deck overhang, barrier and combined barrier-bridge overhang. The purpose of this study is to propose a simplified manual design approach for the barrier-deck overhang in concrete bridges. For concrete deck slab overhang and barrier, application of National Cooperative Highway Research Program crash test is reviewed. The failure mechanism, design philosophy and load cases including extreme event limit states for barrier and overhang are discussed. The overhang design for the combined effect of bending moment and axial tension is probably the most important part of the design process. The overhang might be a critical design point of the deck with significantly higher amount of reinforcement. The design process becomes complicated due to combined force effect, LRFD crash test level requirement and the existence of several load combinations. Using this program, different LRFD load combinations are plotted together with the interaction diagram and the design is validated. Byungik Chang, Kamal Mirtalaei, Seungyeol Lee, and Kenneth Leitch Copyright © 2012 Byungik Chang et al. All rights reserved. Structural Health Monitoring of Civil Structures: New Methodologies and Field Applications 2012 Sun, 27 May 2012 13:50:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2012/524396/ Piervincenzo Rizzo, Lingyu (Lucy) Yu, and Alessandro Marzani Copyright © 2012 Piervincenzo Rizzo et al. All rights reserved.