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Arena Roof Structure Design in Kaltenberg, Germany


Seminar Paper

Structural Engineering: Daniel Dlubal, Roland Zellhuber

Technical University of Munich, Chair of Structural Design, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Schiemann, Dipl.-Ing. Ann-Kathrin Goldbach

Architects: Iana Shcherbakova, Jan Simnovec, Philip Schneider

This student project is a collaboration between the architecture and civil engineering departments at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The arena in Kaltenberg is located next to the castle Kaltenberg where medieval festivals take place every year. The students' draft appreciates the existing historical buildings.

The existing timber roof is located at the arena's longer north end.

The new design includes a simple yet elegant glued laminated timber system cantilevering over the grandstands to avoid columns throughout the audience seating. Steel is used for the remaining project which emphasizes the natural appearance of timber.

Mass timber construction. Proposal to construct a sustainable vertical building in Zapopan


Master Thesis

by Arch. Christian Hernández Cárdenas, México

Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Guadalajara, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tutor: Dr. Nayar Cuitláhuac Gutierrez Astudillo

"...The following research document investigates mass timber materials and their constructability particularly for the mass timber class located in the San Juan Nuevo Forest in Michoacán (Mexico). Through validation tests, the strength capacity of the timber was obtained. To prove the material aptitude, computational mass timber models for medium-rise buildings were developed complete with wind, seismic, and fire loading. The overall structure cost was found to be similar to that of a steel building but with a smaller carbon footprint of only 377 kgCO₂/m². In addition, acceptance criteria from potential occupants of the building was explored as well as increased demand possibilities connected to a sustainable use of the forest on behalf of local communities."

Design and Analysis of Membrane Structures in FEM-Based Software


Master Thesis

by Rostislav Lang, Germany

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Department of Architecture, Facility Management and Geoinformation
Tutors: Prof. Dr.‑Ing. Robert Off, Prof. Dr.‑Ing. Kai‑Uwe Bletzinger

Membrane structures are one of the current trends in civil engineering and architecture. Their shapes cannot be chosen freely since they must be physically suitable because the material used for tensile structures can withstand no bending or compression, and thus shapes under tension have to be used. This is the first task – known as form‑finding – to solve when designing membrane structures, involving both the architectural requirements and physical principles.

After the form‑finding is performed, it is necessary to check the load‑bearing capacity and other code-specific or investor's requirements in structural analysis. The structural response of such structures is strongly nonlinear in terms of both the impact of geometry changes and material behaviour.

If all the requirements are fulfilled, the structure can be fabricated. To make this step possible, it is necessary to generate cutting patterns as membrane structures exhibit double curvature and therefore, they have to be approximated by a certain amount of planar patterns.

The work focuses on all those steps. A theoretical introduction will be presented in the first part of each chapter, then practical examples will be shown to demonstrate the mentioned statements.

Use of Shear Connectors and Steel Fibre Concrete for Timber-Concrete Composite Structures


Master Thesis

by Bastian Kuhn, Germany

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute for Solid Construction
Examiners: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Marx: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nabil A. Fouad
Used Programs: RFEM

This thesis deals with designing timber‑concrete composite structures. Concrete as favorable material is used to absorb compression components. Steel fiber concrete is selected as material. Its nonlinear structural behavior will be considered separately. Tensile forces in the composite cross‑section are transferred by the timber. In order to connect shear forces between these two materials, a birdsmouth joint is cut into the timber.

The aim of this thesis is to analyse the force distribution during the loading of the structure to scrutinize the current calculation and design methods. Especially, the reinforcement as well as the fasteners used should be reduced as much as possible.

Numerical Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Slabs


Master Thesis

by Jakub Mikuła, Poland

Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: dr inż. Jerzy Szołomicki
Programs used: RF‑CONCRETE Deflect, RF‑CONCRETE NL

The thesis presents a comparative analysis of four reinforced concrete ceiling models with different geometry and support types. The author compared the individual models using the programs Dlubal Software, ABC Płyta, and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional. The focus will be on the deformation analysis of the reinforced concrete slabs in the cracked state while monitoring reinforcement ratio and crack width ratio.

Comparison of Various Design Methods for Stability of Structural Components in Steel Structures According to DIN EN 1993-1-1 with Regard to Cost-Effectiveness on Example of Trough Structure Design


Master Thesis

by Johannes Rybakowski, Germany

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Hebestreit

DIN EN 1993‑1‑1 provides various design methods for standard stability analysis of steel structures, taking into account stability problems. The subject of this master thesis is a comparative study of these design options with regard to the calculation effort and the cost-effectiveness, using an example of a trough structure as a truss structure.

Based on a presumption of principal possibilities to perform stability analyses according to DIN EN 1993‑1‑1, these were applied to the design of the upper chord of a representative single-span railway bridge constructed as a trough without the upper horizontal bracing. In addition to the actual and preliminary design of the essential structural components of the bridge superstructure, this study focuses primarily on the stability analysis of the upper truss chord. The stability of this upper chord was analyzed on the entire spatial model as well as on the related structural models.

Analysis of Tensile Structures


Master Thesis

by Karol Szczotka, Poland

Silesian University of Technology, Department of Building Structures Theory
Supervisor: dr hab. inż., prof. nzw. Pol. Śl. Walentyński Ryszard
Programs Used: RFEM 5, RF‑FORM‑FINDING

Within this thesis, the structural analysis of a membrane roof is performed. Furthermore, this diploma thesis describes basic aspects of tensile structure design and problems with the CFD analysis of such objects.

Analysis of Building Structure with Masonry and Reinforced Concrete Stiffeners


Master Thesis

by Tomasz Cioch, Poland

Rzeszów Polytechnic University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Building Structures
Supervisor: dr inż. Lidia Buda-Ożóg
Programs Used: RFEM, RF‑CONCRETE Surfaces, RF‑CONCRETE Columns, RF‑PUNCH Pro

The subject of this diploma thesis is the analysis of core location and the influence of masonry elements on the overall load capacity of the structure. The building has been designed as a reinforced concrete structure, consisting of 20 aboveground and 3 underground storys.

The scope of the thesis includes the introduction, the analysis, and the structural design. The analysis is divided into two parts, including 4 variants of the building. The structural engineering software RFEM has been utilized for the numerical analysis. The project part includes the calculation of the selected components: a flat slab, a column, and a masonry wall. The structural analysis is supplemented by the corresponding drawings.

Structural Design and Analysis of Steel Footbridge


Bachelor Thesis

by Alejandro Cases Hernández, Spain

University of Zaragoza, Engineering and Architecture College
Advisor: Luis Gracia Villa
Programs Used: RFEM 5, RF‑STEEL Members, RF‑DYNAM Pro, RF‑STABILITY

In the footbridge design the following structural components have been defined:

  1. Main beams
  2. Cross beams
  3. Main archs
  4. Secondary archs
  5. Hangers
  6. Bridge railing

Structural Analysis of Sports Hall


Bachelor Thesis

by Michal Jedlička, Czech Republic

Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Ing. Zbyněk Vlk, Ph.D.

This bachelor thesis deals with the structural analysis of the sports hall in Libina, the Czech Republic. The RFEM software has been used to create a model that respects the provided project documentation and the valid regulations of CSN EN. The aim of this thesis is to analyze a real structure and identify possible problems.

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Diploma Thesis with Dlubal Software

“I would like to thank Dlubal Software once more for the advice and help as well as for providing the software. I really enjoyed working with the program and, of course, I have learned a lot. I successfully completed and defended my diploma thesis.”