1st Edition

Progress in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 July 2004

By Alphose Zingoni Copyright 2004

    The Second International Conference on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Computation was held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2004. Its mission was 'To review and share the latest developments, and address the challenges that the present and the future pose'.

    This book contains its key findings with contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners in the broad fields of structural mechanics, associated computation and structural engineering. Their work builds a clear picture of recent achievements in the advancement of knowledge and understanding in these areas. This text therefore covers all aspects of structural mechanics and is broken down into 36 sections which communicate the latest discoveries and developments across the following areas:

    * vibration, dynamics, impact response, soil-structure interaction and damage mechanics
    * numerical modeling and computational methods
    * practical aspects of the analysis, design, and construction of structures - Specific classes of structures such as shells, plates, frames, bridges, buildings, lightweight structures, space structures and foundation structures
    * a variety of construction materials ranging from the traditional timber, masonry, concrete, steel and glass, to recent innovations encompassing high-performance composites, ceramics, high-strength concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete, stainless steel and smart alloys.

    The large number of high-quality papers presented and the wide spectrum of relevant topics covered, as well as the great diversity of nationalities represented by the participants, bring the reader up to speed with developments on a global scale.

    Committees of the SEMC 2004 International Conference 1. Keynote papers: Structural damage and lifetime estimates by nonlinear FE simulation; Structural use of aluminium alloys in civil engineering; Structural health monitoring of large-scale bridges: Research & experience 2. Invited papers 3. Industrial shell structures and buckling of shells 4. Laminated composite plates and shells 5. Other plate and shell problems 6. Wind turbine structures 7. Lightweight, space, cable and membrane structures 9. Vibration and dynamic analysis 10. Vibration and seismic control 11. Seismic response of structures & seismic design 12. Structural health monitoring and damage detection 13. Soil-structure interaction 14. Tunnels, retaining walls and foundation structures 15. Loading on structures 16. Structural safety and reliability 17. Structural optimization and computer-aided design 18. Numerical methods, formulations & modelling 19. Composites, ceramics and material modelling 20. Damage mechanics and modelling of materials and solids 21. Plastic analysis and non-linear modelling 22. Impact resistance and crashworthiness 23. Brick and masonry structures 24. Historic structures and structural assessment 25. Timber structures and connections 26. Steel structures (general) and composite construction 27. Steel frames 28. Steel connections 30. Behavior of steel structures in fire 31. Concrete and construction materials 32. Housing, low-cost construction & construction technology 33. High-strength and fibre-reinforced concrete 34. Analysis of concrete structures 35. Design of concrete structures 36. Repair & strengthening of concrete structures & FRP applications


    Alphose Zingoni, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town Ronde bosch, Cape Town, South Africa