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All articles published in the August 2014 issue.
Publish Date - 28 July 2014
A three year, $260M project to design and build a 1.5km, 172m main span post tensioned box girder bridge for Belgrade, over the River Danube.
The principal reasons for the the increased risk of on site fires are highlighted, together with several high profile examples.
This article discusses connection behaviour, design methodology and the classifications given in BS EN 1993-1-8. Connection design for structural integrity and the use of preloaded assemblies are introduced. Challenges connected with multi-member or unorthodox connections are also discussed.
This article examines the various methods for the design and construction of concrete arches, frames, tunnels and jacked boxes, which cover the whole range of bridges from the smallest culverts to the largest concrete spans in the world.
An overview of this energy dissipation technique, looking at both passive and semi-active methods.
This work presents a new semi-active friction damper device, based on piezoelectric technology, for the anti-seismic control of civil structures. The proposed device presents an original conceptual layout, characterised by a compact and easy allocation of the piezo actuator which is installed inside the piston of the damper. Theoretical performances were validated by means of experimental tests carried out on a physical prototype, loaded through a hydraulic test machine.
Student Sally Jones put in the effort to organise to undertake a year of her study in the United States. She tells Jackie Whitelaw it was one of the best decisions she’s made so far.
Undergraduate course lecturer, Harry Partridge, discusses the importance of developing
the more intuitive and creative side of the brain — and describes how a short course in art given to final year civil engineering students at Sydney University has endeavoured to encourage students in this direction.
Letters this month include discussion on: Late payment of fees, the CM exam pass mark, the recruitment market and the Institution's Structural Awards 2014 event.