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Ayesha

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  1. R value for Minaret structure..

    I don't know what the framing is for Faisal Mosque Minaret. However, as per UBC: Also in the sub notes of Table 16-N, the maximum height for Cantilevered Column System is only 35 feet in Zone 3 and 4. Cantilever Column System Geometry is very peculiar. See the attached image as it shows one system. If the minaret framing is similar to attached picture, it is a cantilevered column system. If not, it is something else. Without seeing framing, its hard to tell.
  2. Etabs Displacement Report

    Do you mean it has happened for different models or it happens a few times while checking results for the same model.
  3. You can do any of the following things muneeb. 1) Go further deep to get a better bearing capacity. It would increase the excavation, foundation and project cost. 2) Use deep foundations like piles to support the superstructure load. 3) Increase number of columns so that your load per column gets less and so does force on foundation. 4) Verify loads and manually check load development to make sure that you are not over-estimating any loads. 5) Change roof design so that superstructure load reduces on foundation. Reduce slab thickness if possible or provide a steel truss if that is a possibility instead of concrete slab. 6) Discuss with architect and try to remove masonry walls and partitions and use lightweight equivalents.
  4. Interesting. I also don't have any experience with Similitude Study. I am curious to ask that what is the objective of this study?
  5. Inclined force

    That could be one way and would work for a lot of cases. The only downside is if you have a lot of inclined members at different angles, doing this would make model more challenging to check.
  6. Beam Minimum Width ,b

    I haven't read the book by Susil Kumar, but the reason I think that he has an empirical formula is that with the increase in length of the beam, the amount of reinforcement in it would increase as well. Although there are other factors that are more sensitive to causing increase in reinforcement like load intensity but lets focus on span and reinforcement . Naturally a longer span would require more rebars and more rebars would require a wider beam. For the typical design cases we see in Bangladesh and Pakistan where there is a slab on top of beams, lateral stability can be ruled out because of beam top stability due to slab. I think the important item to highlight here is that if your beam is part of a frame, make sure the width of the beam is wide enough to provide enough development length to other frame beams that cross or terminate together with the beam in question. In order to understand my statement, please visualize edge of the frame where 2 beams meet. If the beam in question in not wide enough, the beam merging in this beam would never get enough length to develop top bars. Hope this helps.
  7. Response Spectrum Analysis in ETABS

    I agree its ambiguous and design practice varies across different firms. Reasons provided are you are just and like you said this has been discussed elsewhere at forums too but there is no clear path. I wonder what other people have to say about this.
  8. Expert Opinion Is required

    You can check this thread to see the discussion about identifying shortcomings in the model.
  9. Response Spectrum Analysis in ETABS

    @Rana, I am curious to ask this question after reading your reply. For static analysis, what story do you consider as the base? The ground level or the basement level? Whats your reasoning for that?
  10. Manual and Etabs result don't match

    The first thing you need to check is if you have done a modelling mistake or not. ETABS and Manual results shouldn't be off by more than 2%. Here are a few items that you should check and then get back to us. 1. Check Total Gravity Load The easiest way to do it is that to check vertical reaction (gravity only) at a column. If the manual and ETABS column reactions for gravity load are same at different locations in your model, then you can assume that your loading input is correct. As a rule of thumb, you centre columns with biggest tributary areas should have higher reaction than corner and edge column assuming constant grid framing. 2. Check Load Combinations The next step is to check the load combination and that if the loads have been correctly assigned to each load category. The best way to do that is to print your load combinations and check them on paper. Similarly, load cases assignments can be checked as well. Pay attention to signs of +ve and -ve. 3. Check Units When checking assigned load cases, you need to make your that you have applied the loads in the correct units. It is very common to juggle the units while multi-tasking. Verify all units. 4. Check Material Properties I have checked a lot of models where everything was correct except for material properties. Sometimes, the design engineer enters wrong unit weight and it messes all the reactions and design. Be sure to verify material properties. 5. Check Stiffness Modifiers If you are assigning stiffness modifiers, please check them to ensure they are correct. 6. Check Slab Thickness Make sure your slab thickness is correct and not in wrong units. 7. Check member sizes Make sure that the members are correctly modelled. 8. Check Model for Errors You need to make sure that your model is stable. If your model is unstable your results would mean nothing. I don't know what the latest version of ETABS does in-terms of instability warnings but SAP2000 would never give you instability warning. You will have to go in the analysis log and check if the model is stable or unstable. A lot of junior engineer just get their results from unstable models which is dangerous. Check the analysis log and check model for all error including meshing. After you have completed all these steps, you will have more confidence in stating the discrepancy between ETABS and Manual Calcs.
  11. Please share the screen shot so it is useful for other members too.
  12. Basement Wall Design

    Here is a solved example as well. Buried Concrete Basement Wall Design.pdf
  13. You can read more on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Temple . Here are a few pics. By Wiki-uk - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18545739
  14. To further elaborate on the my above reply paragraph, the extent to which a wall will contribute to the resistance of overturning moments, story shear forces, and story torsion depends on its geometric configuration, orientation, and location within the building. While it is relatively easy to accommodate any kind of wall arrangements to resist wind forces, it is much more difficult to ensure satisfactory overall building response to large earthquakes when wall locations deviate considerably. This is because, in the case of wind, a fully elastic response is expected, while during large earthquake demands, inelastic deformations will arise. The major structural considerations for individual structural walls will be aspects of symmetry in stiffness torsional stability, and available overturning capacity of the foundations. The key in the strategy of planning for structural walls is the desire that the inelastic deformations be distributed reasonably uniformly over the whole plan of the building rather than being allowed to concentrate in only a few walls. The latter case leads to the underutilization of some walls, while others might be subjected to excessive ductility demands. As far as the general practice goes, elevator shafts and stairwells lend themselves to the formation of reinforced concrete core. Traditionally, these have been used to provide the major component of lateral force resistance in multistory office and residential buildings. A centrally positioned large core may also provide sufficient torsional resistance without requiring additional perimeter framing.
  15. This is a very good question. An optimal location of shear walls in a high rise building depends on its architectural features that dictate the mass distribution of the structure as well as the lateral force resisting system of the structure. As a structural engineer, you will have to try different locations considering that optimal location will be one that shall result in centre of rigidity of structure being closet to centre of mass. This is the general principle.
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