2nd Edition

Structural Modeling and Experimental Techniques

By Harry G. Harris, Gajanan Sabnis Copyright 1999
    808 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Structural Modeling and Experimental Techniques presents a current treatment of structural modeling for applications in design, research, education, and product development. Providing numerous case studies throughout, the book emphasizes modeling the behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete and masonry structures.

    Structural Modeling and Experimental Techniques:

  • Concentrates on the modeling of the true inelastic behavior of structures
  • Provides case histories detailing applications of the modeling techniques to real structures
  • Discusses the historical background of model analysis and similitude principles governing the design, testing, and interpretation of models
  • Evaluates the limitations and benefits of elastic models
  • Analyzes materials for reinforced concrete masonry and steel models
  • Assesses the critical nature of scale effects of model testing
  • Describes selected laboratory techniques and loading methods
  • Contains material on errors as well as the accuracy and reliability of physical modeling
  • Examines dynamic similitude and modeling techniques for studying dynamic loading of structures
  • Covers actual applications of structural modeling

    This book serves students in model analysis and experimental methods, professionals manufacturing and testing structural models, as well as professionals testing large or full-scale structures - since the instrumentation techniques and overall approaches for testing large structures are very similar to those used in small-scale modeling work.
  • Introduction to Physical Modeling in Structural Engineering
    Structural Models - Definitions and Classifications
    A Brief Historical Perspective on Modeling
    Structural Models and Codes of Practice
    Physical Modeling and the New Engineering Curriculum
    Choice of Geometric Scale
    The Modeling Process
    Advantages and Limitations of Model Analysis
    Accuracy of Structural Models
    Model Laboratories
    Modeling Case Studies
    The Theory of Structural Models
    Dimensions and Dimensional Homogeneity
    Dimensional Analysis
    Structural Models
    Similitude Requirements
    Elastic Models - Materials and Techniques
    Materials for Elastic Models
    Time Effects in Plastics - Evaluation and Compensation
    Effects of Loading Rate, Temperature, and the Environment
    Special Problems Related to Plastic Models
    Other Common Elastic Model Materials
    Balsa Wood, Structural Wood, and Paper
    Elastic Models - Design and Research Applications
    Determination of Influence Lines and Influence Surfaces Using Indirect Models - Muller-Breslau Principle
    Inelastic Models: Materials for Concrete and Masonry Structures
    Prototype and Model Concretes
    Engineering Properties of Concrete
    Unconfined Compressive Strength and Stress-Strain Relationship
    Tensile Strength of Concrete
    Flexural Behavior of Prototype and Model Concrete
    Behavior in Indirect Tension and Shear
    Design Mixes for Model Concrete
    Summary of Model Concrete Mixes Used by Various Investigators
    Gypsum Mortars
    Modeling of Concrete Masonry Structures
    Strength of Model Block Masonry Assemblages
    Inelastic Models: Structural Steel and Reinforcing Bars
    Structural Steel Models
    Reinforcement for Small-Scale Concrete Models
    Model Prestressing Reinforcement
    FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Models
    Bond Characteristics of Model Steel
    Bond Similitude
    Cracking Similitude and General Deformation Similitude in Reinforced Concrete Elements
    Model Fabrication Techniques
    Basic Cutting, Shaping and Machining Operations
    Basic Fastening and Gluing Techniques
    Construction of Structural Steel Models
    Construction of Plastic Models
    Construction of Wood and Paper Models
    Fabrication of Concrete Models
    Fabrication of Concrete Masonry Materials
    Instrumentation Principles and Applications
    Quantities to Be Measured
    Strain Measurements
    Displacement Measurements
    Full-Field Strain Measurements and Crack Detection Methods
    Stress and Force Measurement
    Temperature Measurements
    Creep and Shrinkage Characteristics and Moisture Measurements
    Data Acquisition and Reduction
    Fiber Optics and Smart Structures
    Loading Systems and Laboratory Techniques
    Types of Loads and Loading Systems
    Discrete vs. Distributed Loads
    Loading for Shell and Other Models
    Loading Techniques for Buckling Studies and for Structures Subject to Sway
    Miscellaneous Loading Devices
    Size Effects, Accuracy and Reliability in Materials System and Models
    What Is a Size Effect?
    Factors Influencing Size Effects
    Theoretical Studies in Size Effects
    Experimental Work in Plain Concrete
    Size Effects in Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete
    Size Effects in Metal and Other Materials
    Size Effects in Masonry Mortars
    Size Effects and Design Codes
    Errors in Model Studies
    Types of Errors
    Statistics of Measurements
    Propagation of Random Errors
    Accuracies in (Concrete) Models
    Overall Reliability of Model Results
    Influence of Cost and Time on Accuracy of Models
    Model Applications and Case Studies
    Modeling Applications
    Case Studies
    Structural Models for Wind, Blast, Impact and Earthquake Loads
    Similitude Requirements
    Materials for Dynamic Models
    Loading Systems for Dynamic Model Testing
    Examples of Dynamic Models
    Case Studies
    Educational Models for Civil and Architectural Engineering
    Historical Perspective
    Linearly Elastic Structural Behavior
    Nonlinear and Inelastic Structural Behavior
    Structural Dynamics Concepts
    Experimentation and the New Engineering Curriculum
    Case Studies and Student Projects


    Harry G. Harris, Gajanan Sabnis

    "…a major contribution to an engineering education…useful and clearly presented…outstanding resource for any educator…well illustrated…
    -Paul J. Tikalsky,Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University