Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall (August 10, 2006)
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Concrete structures have been built since the days of the Romans, the Pantheon being the most notable example of their technical ability with the material. It's not clear how the Romans managed to work out the problems associated with building large scale structures in concrete, but it undoubtedly involved a combination of intuition, trial, and at least a few dramatic failures. Things have changed considerable for designers since that era.Fortunately, contemporary architects and engineers don't need to use the cumbersome Roman numeral system to make structural calculations. On the other hand, trial and error is no longer a valid way of learning to design structures. Todays designer is required to demonstrate before building that a design is safe to carry not only its own weight, but also the loads it will be subjected to in use. To the uninitiated, and probably even to quite a number of practicing designers, the array of formulas, charts, and diagrams employed in designing and proving efficient concrete structures can seem bewildering, and perhaps Byzantine in their complexity.Dr. Setareh and Robert Darvas have have done a great job of simplifying the problem of understanding how to comply with the requirements of the ACI code. The book begins with a concise and clear explanation of some of the basics of concrete types and uses. Practical experiments with beam models and simple experiments in casting and testing actual concrete samples develop the intuitive sense that is still important in the initial stages of the design process. There's no shortage of rigor, but it's in the presentation of the more difficult subject matter that the authors' years of teaching experience are most obvious.
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