Empirical and analytical correlation of three-dimensional optimum structural frames
Arguello Carazo, Xavier
Merwin, John E.
Master of Science
The present investigation deals with the correlation between optimally designed space frames and experimental results obtained from testing small-scale modeled three-dimensional frameworks loaded beyond the elastic limit. The optimum design procedure used was developed by M. Khalifa. A justification for using the linear optimization procedure as opposed to the non-linear one is presented. Efficient techniques for performing tests in small-scale modeled three-dimensional frames loaded up to failure are developed. Two small-scale modeled space frames are fabricated and tested; one subjected to vertical loads and the other to vertical and lateral loads. A comparison between the optimally designed space frames and the models tested is made. The results and conclusions are presented and discussed.