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  • 1.  Church Structure

    Posted 09-08-2021 04:13 PM
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    First floor structure is given. Second floor is hall Central five columns are avoided. Expansion joint is provided because parking portion have not shear walls, according to building rules to resist EQ. Is the structure safe? Lateral movement can be preventing?

    Alex Thomas R.Eng, M.ASCE
    CochinAlexThomasR.Eng, M.ASCEIndia


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  • 2.  RE: Church Structure

    Posted 09-15-2021 08:09 AM
    Edited by Tirza Austin 09-15-2021 08:09 AM
    Hello @Alex Thomas, could you explain more about your case?, related to your question I think that you need to consider that a "safe ​structure" is a combination of many design aspects like:
    • Framing or Structural system selection.
    • Adecuate load assesment.
    • Structural analysis.
    • Frame or structural elements "sizing".
    • Structural elements detailing.
    Maybe you could review some basic concepts of seismic design in books like "Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Mansonry Buildings, by T. Paulay and M.J.N. Priestley", I consider that is a valuable/classical/great reference for those interested in seismic design, rather than consulting a code as "first reference".


    Horacio Galicia-Gaona Ing., S.E., M.ASCE

  • 3.  RE: Church Structure

    Posted 09-15-2021 12:10 PM
    F=ma in the roof of the hall through out the middle length, a beam shall be given  to damp the vibrations. Structural dynamics is being studied. Sizing sections thumb rules are used. Analysing the structure with Stad pro.
    Slab also should be strengthened 
    Alex Thomas MIE REng MASCE
    Cochin Kerala India