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Abstract and Applied Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.343, CiteScore: 1)
Active and Passive Electronic Components     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.136, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Acoustics and Vibration     Open Access   (Followers: 47, SJR: 0.147, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 58)
Advances in Agriculture     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Artificial Intelligence     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Advances in Astronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 41, SJR: 0.257, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Bioinformatics     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.565, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Advances in Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Advances in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 48, SJR: 0.539, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Computer Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Condensed Matter Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.315, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Decision Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.303, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Electrical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 44)
Advances in Electronics     Open Access   (Followers: 94)
Advances in Emergency Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Advances in Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Environmental Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Advances in Epidemiology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Advances in Fuzzy Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.161, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Geology     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Advances in Geriatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Hematology     Open Access   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.661, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in High Energy Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.866, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Human-Computer Interaction     Open Access   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.186, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 31, SJR: 0.315, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Mathematical Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.218, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Meteorology     Open Access   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.48, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Multimedia     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.173, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Nonlinear Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Numerical Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Nursing     Open Access   (Followers: 34)
Advances in Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.205, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Optical Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.214, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in OptoElectronics     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.141, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Orthopedics     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.922, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Pharmacological Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.591, CiteScore: 2)
Advances in Physical Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.179, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Polymer Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.299, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Power Electronics     Open Access   (Followers: 39, SJR: 0.184, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Preventive Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Advances in Regenerative Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Software Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Advances in Statistics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Toxicology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Tribology     Open Access   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.265, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Urology     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.51, CiteScore: 1)
Advances in Virology     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.838, CiteScore: 2)
AIDS Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.758, CiteScore: 2)
Analytical Cellular Pathology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.886, CiteScore: 2)
Anatomy Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Anemia     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.669, CiteScore: 2)
Anesthesiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.501, CiteScore: 1)
Applied and Environmental Soil Science     Open Access   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.451, CiteScore: 1)
Applied Bionics and Biomechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.288, CiteScore: 1)
Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Archaea     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.852, CiteScore: 2)
Autism Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 34)
Autoimmune Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.805, CiteScore: 2)
Behavioural Neurology     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.786, CiteScore: 2)
Biochemistry Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.437, CiteScore: 2)
Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.419, CiteScore: 2)
BioMed Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.935, CiteScore: 3)
Biotechnology Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bone Marrow Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.531, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian J. of Gastroenterology & Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.867, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian J. of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.548, CiteScore: 1)
Canadian Respiratory J.     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.474, CiteScore: 1)
Cardiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.237, CiteScore: 4)
Cardiovascular Therapeutics     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.075, CiteScore: 2)
Case Reports in Anesthesiology     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Case Reports in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.219, CiteScore: 0)
Case Reports in Critical Care     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Case Reports in Dentistry     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.229, CiteScore: 0)
Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Emergency Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Case Reports in Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.209, CiteScore: 1)
Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Genetics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Hematology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Reports in Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Case Reports in Immunology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Reports in Infectious Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Case Reports in Nephrology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Neurological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Case Reports in Oncological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.204, CiteScore: 1)
Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Reports in Orthopedics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Reports in Otolaryngology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Case Reports in Pathology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Case Reports in Pediatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Case Reports in Psychiatry     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Case Reports in Pulmonology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Reports in Radiology     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Case Reports in Rheumatology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Reports in Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Case Reports in Transplantation     Open Access  
Case Reports in Urology     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Case Reports in Vascular Medicine     Open Access  
Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Child Development Research     Open Access   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.144, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.114, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Mathematics     Open Access  
Chromatography Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Complexity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.531, CiteScore: 2)
Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.403, CiteScore: 1)
Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience     Open Access   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.326, CiteScore: 1)
Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.842, CiteScore: 3)
Critical Care Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.499, CiteScore: 1)
Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.512, CiteScore: 2)
Depression Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.816, CiteScore: 2)
Dermatology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.806, CiteScore: 2)
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy     Open Access   (SJR: 0.201, CiteScore: 1)
Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.279, CiteScore: 1)
Disease Markers     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.9, CiteScore: 2)
Economics Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Education Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 19)
Emergency Medicine Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.298, CiteScore: 1)
Enzyme Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.653, CiteScore: 3)
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.683, CiteScore: 2)
Game Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Gastroenterology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.768, CiteScore: 2)
Genetics Research Intl.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.61, CiteScore: 2)
Geofluids     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.952, CiteScore: 2)
Hepatitis Research and Treatment     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.389, CiteScore: 2)
Heteroatom Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.333, CiteScore: 1)
HPB Surgery     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.824, CiteScore: 2)
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.27, CiteScore: 2)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.627, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 75, SJR: 0.232, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Agronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.311, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Alzheimer's Disease     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.787, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Analytical Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.285, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Antennas and Propagation     Open Access   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.233, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Atmospheric Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Intl. J. of Biodiversity     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Biomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.511, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Biomedical Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.501, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Breast Cancer     Open Access   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.025, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Cell Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.887, CiteScore: 4)
Intl. J. of Chemical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.327, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Chronic Diseases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Combinatorics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Computer Games Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.287, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Corrosion     Open Access   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.194, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Dentistry     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.649, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Differential Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.191, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.296, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Electrochemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Intl. J. of Endocrinology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.012, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Engineering Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Intl. J. of Food Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.44, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Forestry Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.373, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Genomics     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.868, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Geophysics     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.182, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Hepatology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.874, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.578, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Inflammation     Open Access   (SJR: 1.264, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. J. of Inorganic Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Manufacturing Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.177, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Medicinal Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.31, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Metals     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Intl. J. of Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.662, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Microwave Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.136, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Navigation and Observation     Open Access   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.267, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Nephrology     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.697, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Oceanography     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Intl. J. of Optics     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.231, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Otolaryngology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Partial Differential Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Pediatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Intl. J. of Peptides     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.46, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Photoenergy     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.341, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Plant Genomics     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.583, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Polymer Science     Open Access   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.298, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Population Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Intl. J. of Quality, Statistics, and Reliability     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Intl. J. of Reconfigurable Computing     Open Access   (SJR: 0.123, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Reproductive Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Intl. J. of Rheumatology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.645, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Rotating Machinery     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.193, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Spectroscopy     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Intl. J. of Stochastic Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.279, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Surgical Oncology     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.573, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Telemedicine and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.403, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Vascular Medicine     Open Access   (SJR: 0.782, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Zoology     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.209, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. Scholarly Research Notices     Open Access   (Followers: 223)
ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
J. of Addiction     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
J. of Advanced Transportation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.581, CiteScore: 1)
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Advances in Civil Engineering
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.539
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 48  

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ISSN (Print) 1687-8086 - ISSN (Online) 1687-8094
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  • Review of Exogenous Economic Indicators Influencing Construction Industry

    • Abstract: Research works into the effect of economic factors on the construction industry are enormous. But finding the core economic factors is limited in the Ghanaian construction industry. In an attempt to address this research gap, this study articulates the aim of identifying exogenous economic factors influencing the construction industry through a qualitative literature review. The study used secondary data collected from over 50 published journals, conference papers, and dissertations on exogenous factors. Fifty-nine exogenous factors were identified, and the most prevailing ones were GDP, exchange rate, inflation, interest rate, consumer price index, etc. It also revealed that black market is a factor affecting construction industry in Saudi Arabia. The study contributes to the literature by highlighting generic and specific exogenous factors that should be of concern to players in the construction industry including policy makers in their project planning. This will help to reduce the incidence of high failure rate of construction firms. Again, it establishes the need to further study the real impact of these exogenous factors as well as the strategies to mitigate the influence of exogenous factors on the construction industry as this study was limited to qualitative literature review.
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:20:00 +000
  • Experiments on Reducing Negative Skin Friction of Piles

    • Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of different moisture contents of clay (13%, 15%, 17%, 19%, and 21%) and different coatings on the ability to reduce negative skin friction during a large-scale shear test. Four coating treatments of the concrete surface were investigated, i.e., no treatment, coating with a paraffin-oil mixture, coating with a polymer nanomaterial, and coating with paint. The results showed that when the moisture content of the clay was slightly larger than that of the plastic limit, the ability to reduce negative skin friction was the best, and the performance was similar for the paraffin-oil mixture, the polymer nanomaterial, and the paint. When the moisture content of the clay was lower than that of the plastic limit, the paraffin-oil mixture provided the best performance. The position of the neutral point can be determined by different methods, and the negative skin friction of piles should be reduced by applying coatings that are most suitable to different conditions.
      PubDate: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:05:09 +000
  • Effect of Axial Pressure on Lime-Treated Expansive Soil Subjected to
           Wetting and Drying Cycles

    • Abstract: The impact of seasonal moisture variation on subgrade soil, including lime-treated expansive soil, has been investigated in many studies. However, when performing wetting and drying cycles, the effect of stress, which decides the behavior and mechanical properties of soil, is usually ignored. In this paper, the effect of axial surcharge pressure on the deformation and resilient modulus of lime-treated expansive soil subjected to wetting and drying cycles was investigated. A self-made apparatus was chosen to apply axial surcharge pressure and precisely control the variation of moisture content. The lime-treated specimens were placed in the self-made apparatus and then subjected to wetting and drying cycles under three different surcharge pressures. The results show that the axial surcharge pressure has a significant influence on the development of axial strain and resilient modulus. In particular, larger surcharge pressure induces accumulate irreversible shrinkage, whereas lower surcharge pressure tends to lead to irreversible swelling. On the contrary, the larger surcharge pressure leads to higher resilient modulus of the tested specimen after wetting and drying cycles.
      PubDate: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 14:05:00 +000
  • Behavior of Axially Loaded Stirrup Confinement Rectangular Concrete-Filled
           Steel Tubular Stub Columns

    • Abstract: This article presents the experimental and finite element (FE) analyses of two conventional rectangular concrete-filled steel tubular (CFT) stub columns, two stiffened rectangular concrete-filled steel tubular (SCFT) stub columns, and two stirrup confinement rectangular concrete-filled steel tubular (CCFT) stub columns concentrically loaded in compression to failure. The influences of the ductility and ultimate bearing strength of these stub columns with stiffening ribs or spiral stirrup confinement were discussed. Abaqus was used to establish a 3D FE model and analyze the properties of CFT stub columns subjected to axial compression. The effect of the concrete core and rectangular steel tube under loop stirrup confinement was discussed. Analytical results showed that spiral stirrup confinement can availably retard the local bucking of the rectangular steel pipe, and the effect of the spiral stirrup confinement was stronger than that of stiffeners. The DI values of SCFT and CCFT were 21.9% and 31.9% larger than those of CFT, respectively. The ultimate capacity values of SCFT and CCFT were 10.2% and 18% larger than those of CFT, respectively. The ductility and ultimate bearing strength of the specimens improved effectively under spiral stirrup confinement, and the ductility of the CCFT columns was preferable to that of the SCFT columns.
      PubDate: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 13:05:00 +000
  • Investigation of the Effect of Larestan’s Pipeline Water on the
           Mechanical Properties of Concretes Containing Granite Aggregates

    • Abstract: In this study, the compressive strength of the concretes made by the pipeline water of Larestan has been investigated. Although the used water for the concretes must be clean, standard, and generally drinkable water, in Larestan city, the pipeline water is nonpotable water; meanwhile, this type of water is still being used in the mixture of the concretes by companies and contractors. Since in the initial tests the compressive strength of the normal samples did not satisfy the standards, 50% of granite aggregate was replaced with the purpose of increasing strength of the samples. Then four types of samples were made, which are (1) normal concrete with pipeline water, (2) normal concrete with potable water, (3) granite concrete with pipeline water, and (4) granite concrete with potable water. The results showed that the compressive strength of normal samples is not standard in the case of using the pipeline water. This issue can be seen during the first four weeks of the samples, whereas these samples are placed in the standard zone by replacing 50% of granite aggregate instead of normal aggregates. This may be attributed to the compensating effect of granite aggregates in opposition to damaging effect of water. Also, by using the granite aggregates in the mixture, the compressive strengths of the samples were standard and almost identical in both cases of pipeline water and tap water. As a result, the concretes made in this city must include additives for increasing the strength, or the tap water should be used as a replacement for pipeline water.
      PubDate: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 04:05:03 +000
  • Cement-Lime-Fly Ash Bound Macadam Pavement Base Material with Enhanced
           Early-Age Strength and Suppressed Drying Shrinkage via Incorporation of
           Slag and Gypsum

    • Abstract: In this study, a novel cement-lime-fly ash bound macadam (CLFBM) as pavement base material was designed by incorporating Portland cement, dihydrate gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O), and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) into the lime-fly ash bound macadam (LFBM) for the purpose of the early opening to traffic. The multifactors orthogonal test method was used to evaluate the effects of Portland cement, dihydrate gypsum, and GGBS on the early-age strength of CLFBM. Moreover, the compressive and flexural strengths at 28 days as well as the drying shrinkage development in 56 days were investigated. By conducting the comprehensive analysis for the better mechanical properties and the lowest drying shrinkage, Portland cement : dihydrate gypsum : lime : fly ash : GGBS : gravels = 2 : 1 : 6 : 5.6 : 8.4 : 80 is determined as the optimal mix proportion of CLFBM. In addition, scanning electron microscope (SEM) results confirmed the formation of a large number of ettringite and C-S-H gels, providing a powerful support for the enhanced early-age strength and suppressed drying shrinkage of CLFBM.
      PubDate: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 08:05:00 +000
  • Reduction of Groundwater Buoyancy on the Basement in
           Weak-Permeable/Impervious Foundations

    • Abstract: At present, groundwater buoyancy is directly calculated by Archimedes’ principle for the antifloating design of underground structures. However, this method may not be applicable to weak-permeable/impervious soils, e.g., clayey foundations, because there is a significant difference between the groundwater buoyancy obtained from field measurements and that calculated by Archimedes’ principle. In order to determine whether the method of calculating groundwater buoyancy in weak-permeable/impervious soil layers by Archimedes’ principle is reasonable, this paper investigated the groundwater buoyancy on the basement in such foundations through laboratory model tests. The following factors that may influence the magnitude of groundwater buoyancy were investigated: change of groundwater level, duration of pore water pressure, and buried depth of the basement. In this study, model test results show that the groundwater buoyancy obtained from measurements is evidently lower than that calculated by Archimedes’ principle. Reduction extent can be expressed by a “reduction coefficient,” which can be calculated by a fitting formula. Moreover, experimental groundwater buoyancy increases with the increase in the groundwater level, and it almost does not change with the growth of duration of pore water pressure. Reduction coefficient ranges between 0.25 and 0.52 depending on different buried depths of the basement. In general, experimental groundwater buoyancy decreases with the increase in the buried depth of the basement.
      PubDate: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 04:05:02 +000
  • Research on IFC- and FDS-Based Information Sharing for Building Fire
           Safety Analysis

    • Abstract: With the development of computer processors, vast numerical simulation tools are widely used by fire engineers to determine the spread of fire and smoke. However, the fire modeling practices are often highly time-consuming and cost-intensive especially for building geometry information which does limit the further implementation of building fire safety analysis. Although nowadays building information modeling (BIM) has become a buzzword in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) field to facilitate information integration and interoperability, data sharing and exchange are still weak in the traditional interoperability between BIM applications and fire simulation software, since the data schema of them are totally different. In this paper, a quick and accurate approach for information sharing for building fire safety analysis between mainstream BIM applications and widely used fire simulation software has been successfully implemented, based on Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). And, both geometrical building information and sematic information can be shared by this approach through the transformation of coordinate systems, outer database, and IFC file extension. The BIM model restoring fire simulation results can support other performance-based design of building, such as structural fire-resistant design and evacuation design. And, all of the analysis results including building fire simulation, structure safety design, and evacuation simulation can be integrated in Autodesk Revit, establishing a framework of IFC- and FDS-based information sharing for building fire safety analysis successfully. A gymnasium has been taken as a case study to illustrate the capability of this framework.
      PubDate: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 04:05:00 +000
  • Prediction of Concrete Compressive Strength and Slump by Machine Learning

    • Abstract: Machine learning methods have been successfully applied to many engineering disciplines. Prediction of the concrete compressive strength (fc) and slump (S) is important in terms of the desirability of concrete and its sustainability. The goals of this study were (i) to determine the most successful normalization technique for the datasets, (ii) to select the prime regression method to predict the fc and S outputs, (iii) to obtain the best subset with the ReliefF feature selection method, and (iv) to compare the regression results for the original and selected subsets. Experimental results demonstrate that the decimal scaling and min-max normalization techniques are the most successful methods for predicting the compressive strength and slump outputs, respectively. According to the evaluation metrics, such as the correlation coefficient, root mean squared error, and mean absolute error, the fuzzy logic method makes better predictions than any other regression method. Moreover, when the input variable was reduced from seven to four by the ReliefF feature selection method, the predicted accuracy was within the acceptable error rate.
      PubDate: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 02:05:02 +000
  • An Experimental Study of the Uniaxial Failure Behaviour of Rock-Coal
           Composite Samples with Pre-existing Cracks in the Coal

    • Abstract: Many hazards encountered during coal mining can be caused by the instability and failure of the composite structure of the coal seam and the surrounding rock strata. The defects present in the coal affect the structural stability of the composite structure. In this study, uniaxial compression tests were conducted on sandstone-coal composite samples with pre-existing cracks in the coal, combined with tests performed with an acoustic emission (AE) device and a digital video camera. The strength, macrofailure initiation (MFI), and failure characteristics of composite samples, as influenced by the coal’s pre-existing cracks, were analysed. The coal’s pre-existing cracks were shown to reduce the strength, promote the occurrence of MFI, and affect the failure characteristics of the samples. Vertical penetration cracks had much more pronounced effects on strength and MFI occurrence, especially vertical penetration cracks that penetrated through the centre of the coal. Horizontal penetration cracks had a much reduced effect on strength and MFI occurrence. The MFI caused a step shape in the stress-strain curve accompanied with a peak energy index signal and occurred around the original coal cracks. The MFI models predominantly exhibited crack initiation from the pre-existing coal cracks and surface spalling caused by crack propagation. The intact composite sample failure presented as an instantaneous failure, whereas the composite samples containing the pre-existing cracks showed a progressive failure. The failures of composite samples occurred predominantly within the coal and displayed an X-typed shear failure accompanied by a small splitting failure. Both the coal and sandstone were destroyed in the composite sample with vertical penetration cracks through the centre of the coal. Failure of the coal occurred through a splitting failure accompanied by a small X-typed shear failure, while the sandstone showed a splitting failure induced by crack propagation in the coal.
      PubDate: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:05:00 +000
  • Seismic Damage Behavior of Aeolian Sand Concrete Columns with an Inner
           Square Steel Tube

    • Abstract: In order to promote the application of aeolian sand in steel-concrete composite structures, the aeolian sand concrete columns with an inner square steel tube is proposed in this paper. This kind of column is composed of aeolian sand concrete, reinforcing steel, and an inner square steel tube. The seismic damage behavior of the column was studied through cyclic loading test and damage analysis on seven specimens with different structural forms. The seismic damage indices of the specimens in this study include the failure mode, bearing capacity, ductility, stiffness, hysteresis behavior, and energy dissipation. Then, a damage model of this kind of column is proposed. The study results show that installing an inner square steel tube can significantly improve the seismic damage behavior of aeolian sand concrete columns. This mode of construction can be used to enhance the replacement percentage of aeolian sand. In addition, the damage model proposed in this paper agrees well with the experimental results and can be used to evaluate the damage degree of the aeolian sand concrete columns with an inner square steel tube.
      PubDate: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 03:05:02 +000
  • The Analytical Approach to Evaluate the Load-Displacement Relationship of
           Rock Bolts

    • Abstract: Fully grouted rock bolts are widely used in civil engineering and mining engineering, playing a significant role in keeping the stability and safety of excavations. In this paper, the load transfer mechanism of fully grouted rock bolts was studied with an analytical model. A trilinear model was used to depict the bond-slip behaviour of the bolt/grout interface. The displacement of the confining medium was involved in this analytical model. Then, the shear stress propagation along the bolt/grout interface was analysed in the elastic, elastic-softening, elastic-softening-debonding, softening-debonding, and debonding stages. Experimental pull-out tests were used to validate this analytical model. There was a good correlation between experimental and analytical results. A parametric study was conducted to evaluate the influence of Young’s modulus of the confining medium, the shear strength of the bolt/grout interface, and the residual shear strength of the bolt/grout interface on the load transfer performance of rock bolts. The results show that increasing Young’s modulus of the confining medium was beneficial for improving the load transfer performance of rock bolts. However, once Young’s modulus of the confining medium was beyond a critical limit, it had marginal effect on the peak load of rock bolts. Furthermore, increasing the shear strength of the bolt/grout interface and the residual shear strength of the bolt/grout interface led to rising of the peak load of rock bolts. However, compared with the residual shear strength of the bolt/grout interface, increasing the shear strength of the bolt/grout interface had more apparent effect in improving the peak load of rock bolts.
      PubDate: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 03:05:00 +000
  • Effects of PET Fibers on Pumpability, Shootability, and Mechanical
           Properties of Wet-Mix Shotcrete

    • Abstract: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber from waste plastic bottles is an environmentally friendly fiber that can improve the mechanical properties of wet-mix shotcrete. The main objective of this paper is to investigate the effects of PET fiber parameters on pumpability, shootability, and mechanical properties of wet-mix shotcrete. For this purpose, the orthogonal test based on three factors and three levels was conducted. The width, length, and content of PET fiber were selected as the experimental variables. The tests of wet-mix shotcrete reinforced by PET fibers were carried out, along with properties tests such as slump, pressure drop, build-up thickness, compressive strength, and splitting strength. The results showed the change trend of shotcrete performances with increasing PET fiber parameters (width, length, and content). According to the orthogonal test, PET fiber parameters were determined (1 mm width, 20 mm length, and 5 kg/m3 content). Furthermore, relationships between slump and pumpability and shootability were explored, as well as the relationships between pumpability, shootability, and mechanical properties. It was found that pressure drop and compressive strength had the strongest negative linear relationship among all fitting relationships. We hoped that this study could contribute the useful information for the application of wet-mix shotcrete mixed with PET fibers.
      PubDate: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 02:05:00 +000
  • Fuzzy Multicriteria Decision-Making Model for Time-Cost-Risk Trade-Off
           Optimization in Construction Projects

    • Abstract: As is often the case in project scheduling, when the project duration is shortened to decrease total cost, the total float is lost resulting in added critical or nearly critical activities. This, in turn, results in decreasing the probability of completing the project on time and increases the risk of schedule delays. To solve this problem, this research developed a fuzzy multicriteria decision-making (FMCDM) model. The objective of this model is to help project managers improve their decisions regarding time-cost-risk trade-offs (TCRTO) in construction projects. In this model, an optimization algorithm based on fuzzy logic and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has been used to analyze the time-cost-risk trade-off alternatives and select the best one based on selected criteria. The algorithm was implemented in the MATLAB software and applied to two case studies to verify and validate the presented model. The presented FMCDM model could help produce a more reliable schedule and mitigate the risk of projects running overbudget or behind schedule. Further, this model is a powerful decision-making instrument to help managers reduce uncertainties and improve the accuracy of time-cost-risk trade-offs. The presented FMCDM model employed fuzzy linguistic terms, which provide decision-makers with the opportunity to give their judgments as intervals comparing to fixed value judgments. In conclusion, the presented FMCDM model has high robustness, and it is an attractive alternative to the traditional methods to solve the time-cost-risk trade-off problem in construction.
      PubDate: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 07:05:00 +000
  • Stability Analysis of Shield Excavation Face Based on Particle Flow in
           Different Depths of Sandy Gravel Stratum

    • Abstract: The objective of this work was to study the minimum support force of the shield excavation face of sand-gravel stratum. Based on the geological conditions obtained from the exploration of the 18th line of the Chengdu Rail Transit and the shield excavation parameters obtained from excavation, particle flow DEM PFC3D and FLAC3D were used as tools; the digital triaxial compression test was performed to calibrate the mesoscopic parameters of the soil; numerical excavation models were built for deep-buried and shallow-buried sand and gravel stratum shield tunnels; surface settlement and minimum support force under different depths and different supporting forces were obtained in the end. The stability of the excavation face under the condition of 10 kPa∼60 kPa support force was analyzed; the excavation surface gradually tended to stabilize, and the surface subsidence decreased with the increase of support force. When the supporting force was greater than or equal to 3 kPa, the excavation surface was stable and the surface settlement speed gradually decreased to zero with time. While analyzing the stability of the excavation face of 5 m, 10 m, and 15 m buried deep gravel tunnels and the influence of the support force on the surface settlement, the minimum support force that did not consider the surface settlement was reduced and the minimum support force required to control the surface settlement was increased as the tunnel depth decreased. Using this method, the depth of the excavation sand-gravel tunnel and the support of the excavation face could be obtained to meet the requirements of surface subsidence control and the economic benefits of the project could be improved.
      PubDate: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:05:02 +000
  • Wind Tunnel Tests of Wind-Induced Snow Distribution for Cubes with Holes

    • Abstract: The nonuniform distribution of snow around structures with holes is extremely unfavorable for structural safety, and the mechanism of wind-snow interaction between adjacent structures with holes needs to be explored. Therefore, a wind tunnel simulation was performed, in which quartz particles with an average particle size of 0.14 mm as snow particles were used, and cubes with dimensions of 100 mm × 100 mm × 100 mm each containing a hole with the size of 20 mm × 20 mm were employed as structures. Firstly, the quality of a small low-speed wind tunnel flow field was tested, and then the effects of hole orientation (hole located on the windward side, leeward side, and other vertical sides) and absence of holes on the surface of a single cube were studied. Furthermore, the effects of different hole locations (respectant position, opposite position, and dislocation) and relative spacing (50 mm, 100 mm, and 150 mm) on the surfaces of two cubes and the snow distribution around them were investigated. It was concluded that the presence and location of hole had a great influence on snow distribution around cubes. Snow distribution was favorable when hole was located on the other vertical sides of the test specimen. The most unfavorable snow distribution was obtained when the holes on the two-holed sides of the cubes were respectant with a maximum snow depth coefficient of 1.4. A significant difference was observed in the snow depths of two sides of cubes when holes were dislocated. When two holes were respectant, surrounding snow depth was decreased, and the maximum snow depth on model surface area was increased with the increase of spacing. Wind tunnel tests on holed cubes provided a reference for the prediction of snow load distribution of typical structures with holes.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:05:01 +000
  • Study on Application Effect of Sand Consolidating Agent for the Slope of
           Highway Subgrade in Season Frozen Zone

    • Abstract: In deep season frozen areas, the solidified layer is easy to be destroyed due to the influence of freeze-thaw cycles after the surface layer of the sandy slope is solidified by chemical methods. In order to study the application effect of the new sand consolidating agent after solidifying sand body, the mechanism of strength formation was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The freeze-thaw cycle tests were carried out on sand consolidating samples. The direct shear tests and unconfined compressive strength tests were carried out before and after freeze-thaw cycles to analyze the freeze-thaw resistance of sand consolidating samples. The sand consolidation agent was tested on-site, and its strength was tested to observe its effect. The results showed that the adhesive membranes on the surface of sand particles were formed by the sand consolidating agent, which increased the cohesion and strength of sand particles. After freeze-thaw cycle tests, the cohesion, internal friction angle, and compressive strength of the solidified sand gradually decreased with increasing freeze-thaw cycles. The decreasing rate reduced from fast to slow and then tends to be stable. The failure mode of samples changed from brittle failure to plastic failure. The sand consolidating layer can effectively prevent collapse of the sandy slope. Combining with the external-soil spray seeding, the sand consolidation layer is beneficial to the growth of plants.
      PubDate: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:05:02 +000
  • Experimental Study on a New Reinforcement Method for Multilayer Industrial
           Building’s Vibration

    • Abstract: In order to study a new reinforcement method for multilayer (4 layers) industrial building’s vibration, firstly, a new reinforcement method using a short-pier shear wall was put forward. Secondly, an engineering example of a multilayer industrial building with abnormal vibration was introduced. A three-dimensional finite element model of multilayer industrial building was established, and field vibration test was carried out. Test results showed that abnormal vibration of industrial building was caused by resonance between machines and multilayer industrial building. Finally, multilayer industrial building was reinforced by a new reinforcement method, and vibration experiment was carried out after reinforcement. The results show that the new reinforcement method has a good reinforcement effect. Strength and stiffness of multilayer industrial building were obviously improved, and natural frequency of industrial building in the length direction increased from 2.45 Hz to 5.87 Hz, natural frequency of industrial building in the width direction increased from 2.94 Hz to 7.83 Hz, frequencies of machines and frequencies of multilayer industrial building were not in resonance range, acceleration and velocity vibration characteristics of multilayer industrial building were improved, which can provide reference for the reinforcement of multilayer industrial building with a similar structural configuration.
      PubDate: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:05:05 +000
  • Grouting Reinforcement Technique in Wind Oxidation Zone by Power Law
           Superfine Cement Slurry Considering the Time-Varying Rheological

    • Abstract: With the recovery of the wind oxidation zone in 13116 working face of Gubei Coal Mine as the engineering background, the occurrence condition of coal seam and the bedrock wind oxidation zone characteristics were analyzed. On this basis, the time-varying rheological parameters of superfine cement slurry and the permeability characteristic parameters of roof strata in wind oxidation zone were measured; then, a grout diffusion equation was established with the parameters obtained previously for the permeability characteristics of roof strata in the wind oxidation zone of Gubei Coal Mine. The grouting design was applied in actual engineering projects and its engineering effect has been proved to be satisfactory. The results indicate that superfine cement slurry whose water-cement ratio is 0.6 is a typical power-law slurry consistent with time-varying rheological parameters. It has better rheological properties during pumpable period, and its rheological parameters can be controlled by highly dispersive nano-SiO2 and polycarboxylate superplasticizer. For grouting in wind oxidized zone, comprehensive consideration must be given to effective permeability , porosity , and time-varying rheological parameters c0, k, and n. To realize effective diffusion of grouting in coal and rock mass, grouting pressure and diffusion time must be reasonably designed rather than excessively increased.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:05:02 +000
  • Energy-Based Seismic Design Method for EBFs Based on Hysteretic Energy
           Spectra and Accumulated Ductility Ratio Spectra

    • Abstract: In the case of far field earthquakes, structural failure often results from accumulated damage caused by cyclic effects and gradual accumulation of energy. This paper proposes an energy-based seismic design method for steel eccentrically braced frames (EBFs) with two shear links at every story according to the energy balance concept. The proposed method is theoretically supported by hysteretic energy spectra and accumulated ductility ratio spectra according to the Chinese soil classification. Furthermore, the method can be used to clarify the relationship between cumulative hysteretic energy and one-way pushover energy. For developing the method, it is assumed that all the hysteretic energy is dissipated by the shear links, column bases, and beam ends of the frames at both sides. Therefore, the parts outside the links, including beam segments, braces, and columns, are specially designed to perform elastically during an earthquake. Furthermore, a V-scheme steel EBF with ten stories and three spans is designed. The seismic performances of the designed structure, such as story drift and energy dissipation, are evaluated by nonlinear static analysis and time-history analysis. Finally, the reliability and accuracy of the proposed seismic design method are validated.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:05:01 +000
  • Numerical Simulation of Particle Breakage of Granular Assemblies in
           Discrete Element Analyses

    • Abstract: This paper presents numerical simulations of high-pressure biaxial tests on breakable granular soils with the discrete element method. The 2D setting is more economic in terms of computational cost, which allows simulation with a larger number of particles with a wider size distribution. The results of breakable and unbreakable agglomerates show that particle breakage has a significant influence on the macro- and micromechanical behaviors of the assembly. Higher confining pressure and larger axial strain result in the variation of particle grading and agglomerate numbers. The evolution of bond breakage during shearing makes it possible to trace the failure process and breakage mechanism at the microlevel. The breakage energy is found to account for a small fraction of total energy input compared with friction energy. A hyperbolic correlation between relative particle breakage and total energy input per unit volume was established regardless of the influence of confining pressure.
      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:05:00 +000
  • A Heuristic Approach to Identify the Steel Grid Direction of R/C Slabs
           Using the Yield-Line Method for Analysis

    • Abstract: In the last few years, nonregular reinforced concrete (R/C) slabs have become more popular in buildings and bridges due to architectural or functional requirements. In these cases, an optimum design method to obtain the ultimate load capacity and the minimum reinforcement amount should be used. For simple R/C slabs, the yield-line method is extensively used in engineering practice. In addition to strength, the “true” failure mechanism is also obtained by identifying the parameters that define it and minimizing the collapse load. Unfortunately, when the mechanism is too complicated to be described or defined by several parameters (e.g., in slabs with complicated geometry), the method becomes more difficult because the system of nonlinear equations becomes harder to solve through traditional methods. In this case, an efficient and robust algorithm becomes necessary. In this paper, a structural analysis of R/C slabs is performed by using the yield-line method in association with a zero-th order optimization algorithm (the sequential simplex method) to avoid calculating gradients as well as any derivatives. The constraints that often limit these parameters are taken into account through the exterior penalty function method, leading to a successful solution of the problem. Considering that the direction of each yield-line is sought by minimizing the ultimate load and finding the parameters defining the collapse mechanism, another parameter concerned with the direction of an orthotropic reinforcement grid is introduced. In this way, the number of unknown parameters increases, but aside from obtaining the ultimate load and the parameters defining the collapse mechanism, the solution also finds both best and worst reinforcement orientations.
      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:05:03 +000
  • Shear Mechanical Behaviours and Multistrength Parameter Characteristics of
           Fault Gouge

    • Abstract: Fault gouge has special mechanical properties and remarkable engineering effects. Using a ring shear test, the strength properties of the differently colored remolded fault gouges of the Shendaogou Fault in Yan’an were studied by changing moisture contents and normal stresses. Chlorite and illite are the main clay minerals in fault gouges; differences in mineral composition make fault gouges appear in different colors. Besides clay minerals, the dried fault gouges disintegration in water is also due to the transformation of gypsum. The gradation of green fault gouge and multicolor fault gouge is better than that of the red fault gouge, while the fault gouges’ strain softening properties become weaker as the coarse grain content increases. Affected by water content and normal stress, the shear planes can be divided into three failure modes: peeling failure, grooved failure, and sliding failure. With the increase of water content, there will be a significant weakening on cohesion and friction angle. A new parameter, the “Normal Stress Threshold (NST),” is introduced as a critical value for the emergence of the strain hardening phenomenon, and the NSTs of different fault gouges are significantly different. The functions obtained from the relation of residual strength, peak strength, and normal stress can be used to calculate shear strength parameters under any normal stresses. In addition, the residual strength of fault gouge is obviously different from clay and loess, which can be qualitatively explained by clay particle contents.
      PubDate: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:05:00 +000
  • Cyclic Behavior of Steel Beam to CFT Column Connections with Gusset Plates

    • Abstract: Beam-brace-CFT (concrete-filled tubular) column connections provide excellent performance in resisting seismic loads in high-risk areas. However, the load transmission mechanism of this type of connection still remains unclear, and there is a lack of study on it. Therefore, in this paper, the mechanical behavior of beam-brace-CFT column (BBC) connections penetrated by gusset plates was evaluated through experiments and finite element analysis to resolve this issue. The failure modes, strength, stiffness, ductility, and energy dissipation of this type of connection were studied. Experiment results indicated that the gusset plates in BBC (beam-brace-CFT) connections could effectively move the plastic hinge on beam away from the column face, reduce the strain concentration between the beam end and column face, and notably improve the hysteretic behavior; the plastic rotation was able to achieve at least 4% story drift angle before 20% strength degradation. Numerical studies were carried out and validated by experiment results, and then the influence of the weld length and strengthening methods were investigated; some improvement of design suggestions was proposed.
      PubDate: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:05:00 +000
  • Impact of Temperature on the Strength Development of the Tailing-Waste
           Rock Backfill of a Gold Mine

    • Abstract: This study investigated the influencing rules of curing temperature (5, 10, 16, and 20°C), cement ratio (8%, 10%, 12%, and 14%), and mass concentration (70%, 73%, 74%, and 75%) on the strength of backfill. In addition, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) is employed to analyze the microtopography of the backfill. Experimental results indicate that the uniaxial compressive strength (UCS) of the backfill decreases as the curing temperature diminishes; temperature substantially influences the earlier strength of backfill (it is much significant below 10°C). In addition, as the cement ratio rises, the critical point for the impact of temperature on strength gradually moves toward a low-temperature zone; in pace with the slurry mass concentration increase, the compressive strength of the backfill also rises and its rate of increase enlarges after going beyond the critical concentration. In case the curing temperature is lower than 10°C, the extent of hydration is also low inside the backfill. Through experiments, the critical concentration of slurry in the Jinying gold mine is determined as 73%, and the critical interval of the cement ratio ranged between 10% and 12%. Corresponding measures can be taken to increase the strength of backfill in the Jinying Gold Mine by 129.9%. As a result, backfill collapse is effectively controlled.
      PubDate: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 06:05:03 +000
  • Study on Physical-Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Expansive
           Soil Stabilized with Fly Ash and Lime

    • Abstract: Fly ash and lime have been frequently employed to reduce the swelling potential of expansive soils. Laboratory experiments, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used in this study to investigate the stabilizing effect of fly ash and lime on expansive soils in the Jianghuai undulating plain area. The comparison was drawn between the variation laws of physical parameters, mechanical properties, microstructure, and mineral composition of expansive soil before and after being stabilized. Experimental results suggest that, after 5% lime is added based on fly ash, the plasticity index of the expansive soil decreases by 64.9%, the free swelling ratio is reduced to about 10%, the unloading swelling ratio is reduced to nearly 4%, and the stabilized soil no longer exhibits the expansive property. The unconfined compressive and tensile strengths of the stabilized soil increase first and then decrease with the rising in fly ash content. After the addition of 5% lime, both the unconfined compressive and tensile strengths increase significantly. The optimum modifier mixture ratio is obtained as 10% fly ash + 5% lime. The SEM images reveal that the microstructures of the stabilized expansive soil vary from an irregular flake-like and flocculent structures to blocky structures, and the soil samples compactness is enhanced. XRD results indicate that quartz is the main component of the stabilized soil. These are the underlying causes of the rise in the strength. The conclusions of this study can be referenced for the engineering design and construction of expansive soil in Jianghuai undulating plain area.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:05:00 +000
  • Stabilization of Expansive Soil with Polyvinyl Alcohol and Potassium

    • Abstract: Expansive soils have great volume change potentials with water content changes, which is problematic to facilities. Great efforts have been spent on finding proper methods to stabilize expansive soils, but these stabilizers all had limitations. The Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and K2CO3 combination was proposed in this paper. Free swell tests, oedometric tests, unconfined compression tests, and direct shear tests were performed to investigate the effectiveness of the PVA and K2CO3 combination to control the volume change and increase the soil strength. Microstructures of the natural expansive soil and the stabilized soil were also studied with SEM photos. SEM photos showed a homogenous and dense microstructure after stabilization. In addition, a laboratory soil column model was built to study the ability of this stabilizer combination to stabilize expansive soils by directly spraying the solution on the ground surface. All these test results show that the combination of PVA and K2CO3 is able to effectively stabilize the natural expansive soil and increase the shear strength. It is possible to directly spray the stabilizer solution on the soil surface to form a relatively thick layer of the stabilized expansive soil.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 05:05:00 +000
  • Integration of BIM and Energy Consumption Modelling for Manufacturing
           Prefabricated Components: A Case Study in China

    • Abstract: Prefabrication is undergoing significant growth in the building and construction sector in China. Meanwhile, the integrated measurement and reduction solution for energy consumption is quickly becoming an important target of scientific efforts and research, especially in prefabricated buildings. Embedded energy consumption requirements can potentially be reduced during the manufacturing process of prefabricated components: the opportunity for its reduction can be significant. This paper aims to propose a BIM and LCA integrated approach that enables the energy consumption of prefabricated components in the manufacturing stage to be extracted and calculated in order to obtain a clear, precise understanding of the energy consumption management in prefabrication. To enhance the energy consumption description of prefabricated components, this paper clarifies the contents of energy consumption inventory and related calculation formula in raw material extraction and production, material transportation, and factorized production of prefabricated components, respectively. Specifically, considering that current Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard does not accommodate entities with energy consumption information or relationships, it applies the IFC extension method to connect the energy consumption inventory with the BIM model. The proposed approach is applied and verified in a case study from China. This study reveals that energy consumption control should be investigated in the element level considering the differences of various prefabricated components’ requirements in the manufacturing stage.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 03:05:00 +000
  • Investigation of the Axial Force Compensation and Deformation Control
           Effect of Servo Steel Struts in a Deep Foundation Pit Excavation in Soft

    • Abstract: This study presents a comparative analysis of the deformation control effect of the hydraulic servo steel struts and ordinary steel struts of a foundation pit based on the measured axial force of the steel struts, lateral wall deflection, and ground surface settlement due to pit excavation. The results indicate that ordinary steel struts installed via axial preloading exhibit a disadvantageous axial force loss with a maximum value equal to 86.7% of the axial preloading force. When compared with ordinary steel struts, the hydraulic servo steel strut exhibits a superior supporting effect. The hydraulic servo steel strut adjusts the axial force in real time based on the deformation of the retaining structure and the axial force of the struts. Thus, the ratio of maximum lateral deflection to the excavation depth of a deep foundation pit in soft soil is less than 0.3%. Concrete struts undergo unsupported exposure during the excavation process, leading to sharply increasing deformation of the retaining structure. Therefore, regarding a foundation pit with strict requirements for deformation control, the use of hydraulic servo steel struts rather than concrete struts is recommended.
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 05:05:00 +000
  • Accuracy Assessment of Shake Table Device on Strong Earthquake Output

    • Abstract: In order to avoid unexpected damage of structural specimens in the test, at the beginning, a signal with small amplitude is adopted to input the shake table device to gain the transfer function and corresponding drive signal, and then a strong earthquake output can be reproduced by amplifying the drive signal proportionally. However, as there are obvious nonlinearities inherent in the shake table device and structural specimen under strong earthquakes, errors inevitably exist in the replayed and amplified earthquake output if the linear transfer function and the drive signal, which are obtained by the small amplitude input, are adopted, and the desired output signal cannot accurately be achieved. Considering this point, several typical structural experiments are introduced and analyzed in this paper to study the earthquake output accuracy of the large-scale shake table test, such as inertia and elastic specimens, large-span floor, isolated building, high-speed railway station, bridge piers, and collision of adjacent multispan bridges. The transfer function of the shake table device and structural specimen is described. The energy-time history (energy-TH) index can assess the accuracy of the shake table on the strong earthquake output in the aspect of specimens other than signals themselves. The double parameter performance table is established based on this energy-TH index. More attention should be paid to energy and amplitude for the reproduction of strong earthquakes, and the accuracy details of signal reproduction should not be too strict.
      PubDate: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:05:04 +000
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