Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Wong, Thien Pin URN etd-08012012-040446 Title A knowledge based expert system for the design of reinforced concrete beams Degree Master of Science Department Civil Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Rojiani, Kamal B. Committee Chair Barker, Richard M. Committee Member Holzer, Siegfried M. Committee Member Keywords
- Concrete construction
Date of Defense 1988-03-15 Availability restricted AbstractThe design of reinforced concrete beams involves the selection of design parameters such as beam
dimensions and reinforcement details which result in a safe and economical section. This process
of design consists of three stages: preliminary design, structural analysis, and detailed design which
includes the selection of dimensions, reinforcement, and stirrups. The design process is an iterative
one where considerable judgement and experience are required. This is an ideal situation for
the application of expert system technology.
A knowledge based expert system called BEAMDES was developed for the flexure design of reinforced
concrete beams in accordance with ACI 318-83 specifications. The expert system was developed
using the micro-computer based expert system shell, Insight 2+. BEAMDES can be used
to design both rectangular and tee sections. The beams can be simply supported, cantilevered, or
The results obtained from BEAMDES were tested against several example problems for both
supported and continuous beams. It was found that the designs recommended by the system were
similar to those of the examples.
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