Spreadsheet Programming for Structural Design

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Title: Spreadsheet Programming for Structural Design

Author(s): A. Casas and I. J. Oppenheim

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 98

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 233-248

Keywords: bridges (structures); computer programs; density (mass/volume); girders; loads (forces); microcomputers; prestressed concrete; prestress loss; retaining walls; structural design; Design

Date: 3/3/1987

Abstract:
Spreadsheet programming is presented as a new programming alternative for solving daily calculations in the engineering design office. Two spreadsheet programs with different applications are used to introduce the reader to this technique. A retaining wall template demonstrates the advantage of altering one design parameter and seeing the results propagate instantly, thus leaving the engineer with a very responsive tool. A prestressed bridge template organizes in separate windows the engineering design process involved in the prestress design. The template is written according to the design requirements of AASHTO. It allows the engineer to verify different alternatives in the design of the concrete girder, hence leading to a manually optimized section.