All articles published in the October 2014 issue.
Publish Date – 1 October 2014
Authors from Integral Engineering Design describe how they met their client's brief for a new science department that would demonstrate sustainable building structures to students. The result - The Nucleus - is a carbon-negative structure which will offset its operational emissions for seven years.
Many construction sites have been previously built on and may contain a residue of waste products that have contaminated the land; these are known as ‘brownfield sites’. Some commonly found waste products pose a health risk to people who come in contact with them.
Modern building services cost up to three times as much as the structural steelwork in a typical commercial building. Steel frame design needs to be considered in the context of the overall building cost, where early design decisions concerning structural layouts have a significant impact on the building services.
This article examines the detailing that is particular to a concrete bridge. All details need to consider buildability, durability and maintainability, as well as safety and aesthetic issues.
The understanding of structural materials can be viewed as an academic discipline in itself. This article is the first in a three-part series outlining the serviceability calculations to be undertaken in the preliminary structural design stage.
A full-scale, non-uniform natural fire test on a cold-formed steel portal frame building is described. The results of the test are used to validate a non-linear, elasto-plastic, finite element shell idealisation, for the purposes of later forming
the basis of a performance-based design approach for cold-formed steel portal frames at elevated temperatures.
"My career has been all about good fortune" says Arup Deputy Chairman Tristram Carfrae. From early years assisting mercurial genius Peter Rice to acting as engineer for man-of-the-moment Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge in London, he has worked with the greats of engineering and architecture. Now Carfrae, the designer of the stunning Beijing Olympic Aquatic Centre, is confirmed as one too, as the 2014 recipient of the Institution's Gold Medal.
Letters this month include discussion on: teaching art to engineering students, flood prevention and engineer's status.
Institution Fellow, Bob Wodehouse, enjoyed this comprehensive coverage of London Underground's 150-year design history.
Despite a lack of experimental examples, Tianjian Ji considers this a useful reference book for researchers and those who fi nd the conventional viscous damping model insufficient in their practical design and analysis.