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Design of transverse reinforcement in a wide beam

Besides satisfying nominal bar provision in the code, is there any special requirement in the provision of transverse reinforcement to ensure that the longitudinal reinforcement is fully effective in ...
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Why does the IRC think ceiling joists are weaker than floor joists?

According to the IRC, a 1200S162-68 cold-formed steel C-section can hold 40psf total load at an almost 22' span when used as a floor joist, but can only hold 25psf total load at a 21' span when used ...
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What would happen if the air conditioning failed in a skyscraper for an extended period?

I'm writing some fiction which involves the AC in a modern glass curtain skyscraper (50-80 floors?) in an American city failing for a period of weeks, maybe even for up to two months. Could anybody ...
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Sun light illumination on a lower floor vs high building closely

there is an investor that wants to build very close to our building. In case we agree, the buildings will stand like on the pictures below, 3 meters apart from each other. I tried to draw them in ...
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Increase in target emission rate (TER) when using a air source heat pump (ASHP) in standard assessment procedure (SAP) calculation

I am running a SAP calculation on a proposed building which will be utilising a 8.5 kW ASHP for space and water heating. I am also running a comparative analysis against a mains gas boiler to show the ...
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Clarification of cover definition in Eqn 7.11 of EC2 for calculating crack width

In EC2 clause 7.3.4(3), cover c is defined as the cover to longitudinal reinforcement. Say for a beam with cnom of 40mm and outer links of 16mm, the cover to longitudinal reinforcement will be 56mm. ...
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General formula for calculating torsional and warping constants of built-up section

In order to calculate the elastic critical moment of a laced double I-section, I need the torsional and warping constants. Is there a general formula to obtain this? BS 5950 only has formulas for ...
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Low slope roofing

I’m having trouble finding resources that explain/describe type of low slope roof for cold weather. Is single ply or metal standing seam or BUR better if we are considering all cold weather related ...
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Heat storage mass vs. AIR in an ICF house

If we would want to build a family house (ICF) regarding operational costs, should we leave the insulation on the inside, or should we remove it from the inside? If we would remove it, the walls ...
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Searching for a High Speed Actuator for a simulator

I am currently planing to build a consrtuction for a simulator. My simulator seat should be able to fall like 30cm and afterwards move to the starting position . The falling should be as natural as ...
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How to support height extender on a rail?

I've got an 1/8" thick steel rail with 1.5" diameter and 15' in length sitting on two 5/32" thick steel rails with 2.5" diameter and 100" in length 14' apart: I want to add a diagonal support for a ...
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What is the minimum diameter for vertical bars in a column according to ACI?

What is the minimum for vertical bars in a column according to ACI and I am looking for a particular condition where diameter must be greater than 0.625 in. (when using S-concrete for column design it ...
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Difference between ACI Code and Eurocode in Stiffness modifiers?

According to the ACI Code stiffness modifiers (modifiers used to reduce the moment of inertia) are used for each structural elements for example 0.7 for columns and 0.35 for beams... For those who ...
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Waterlogged multistorey apartment

I fraction invested in a real estate project several years back. Mid way through the construction, after about 12 floors, the building contractor filed for bankruptcy. An asset reconstruction company ...
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Component Additive Method for fire ratings: (why) are cement backer units not rated?

IBC 722.6, along with Harmathy's Ten Rules (written down in AWC DCA4, among other places), provide a method, known as the Component Additive Method, for computing the fire ratings of light-frame wood ...
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Is there a miniture atmospheric water vapor condenser?

I am looking to add a condenser for a plant preserving container. The plants need water and I was wondering if I can have a passive method to condense atmospheric moisture to water. My container is ...
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Climate control in data centers

I'm a student currently working on a market research project on the HVACR industry, and I'm having trouble nailing down a simple answer to these questions (it may be there are no simple answers, as so ...
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Seismic Design Changes between ASCE and UBC Code?

what is the difference between the seismic design between ASCE and UBC code? from load combinations to loads applied to the history between the sudden shift or change in the code. and which one of the ...
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Possible improved approaches to 6mx3m moment-resisting frame with eccentricity+torsion, in advance of detailed engineer discussion

I'm putting a steel frame in, to "open plan" the rear of a brick cavity-wall terrace house in the UK, which will then have a single storey extension added behind it. I have already retained a ...
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Activating lights using a motion sensor?

I was wondering how I would configure some sort of setup to get lights like this turn on a timer once activated by a motion sensor. I want them to turn on for about 15 seconds and then turn off once ...
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Could pre-stressed graphene be used to reinforce granite block construction?

I am curious whether this will become an option, especially for longer lasting structures. Could pre-stressed graphene or another high tensile strength material by used to reinforce granite block ...
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Why don't buildings in South Asia have basements?

I see that buildings in the developed part of the world have basements. Why? But, I never see basements in most buildings in South Asia. Why?
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Software for automatic building floorplan calculation / drawing (packing problem)

An apartment yield analysis is a set of draft drawings in which the optimum residential apartment layout and resultant yield is calculated for a given building site, taking into account development ...