Paul A. Bosela, Pamalee A. Brady, Norbert J. Delatte, and M. Kevin Parfitt
Sponsored by the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering of ASCE.
Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Structures, Foundations, and the Geoenvironment, Second Edition, provides short descriptions of 50 real-world examples of constructed works that did not perform as intended. Designed for classroom use, each case study contains a brief summary, lessons learned, and references to key sources. This new edition, which replaces the 1995 classic edited by Robin Shepherd and J. David Frost, offers expanded descriptions, additional photographs and diagrams, and updated references. It also includes new case studies, such as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal, and the North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Water Treatment Plant.
- foundation failures;
- embankment, dam, and slope failures;
- geoenvironmental failures;
- bridge failures; and
- building failures.
This book supplies valuable resource material on typical failures that can be integrated into undergraduate engineering courses. Engineering professors and their students will use this book as the basis for class discussions, a starting point for further research, and a demonstration of how each failure leads to improved engineering design and safety.
Norbert J. Delatte
Engineering failures get a lot of attention—inciting morbid curiosity and fueling concern over the condition of our infrastructure. But every engineering loss is the start of a forensic investigation into how, why, and what can be done to prevent future failures. As with scientific failures, engineering failures can be very instructive in teaching us what does not work.
Beyond Failure presents the circumstances of important failures that have had far-reaching impacts on civil engineering practice. Each case study narrates the known facts: design and construction, the failure, subsequent investigation or analysis, and, where appropriate, additional issues such as technical concerns, ethical considerations, professional practice issues, and long-term effects. The case studies are organized around eight common topics of undergraduate engineering courses and include teaching points and a reading list, so this book is useful to engineering faculty and students. With more than 40 full cases, including the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, WV; the levee breaches in New Orleans, LA; and the Challenger space shuttle explosion, this book will also appeal to practicing engineers with an interest in forensic investigations or the analysis of historic failures.
Norbert J. Delatte
Understanding and recognizing failure mechanisms in concrete is a fundamental pre-requisite to determining the type of repair, or whether a repair is feasible. This book provides a review of concrete deterioration and damage, as well as looking at the problem of defects in concrete. It also discusses condition assessment and repair techniques. Part 1 discusses failure mechanisms in concrete and covers topics such as causes and mechanisms of deterioration in reinforced concrete, types of damage in concrete structures, types and causes of cracking, and condition assessment of concrete structures. Part 2 reviews the repair of concrete structures with coverage of themes such as standards and guidelines for repairing concrete structures, methods of crack repair, repair materials, bonded concrete overlays, repairing, and retrofitting concrete structures with fiber-reinforced polymers, patching deteriorated concrete structures and durability of repaired concrete. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Failure and Repair of Concrete Structures is a standard reference for civil engineers, architects, and anyone working in the construction sector, as well as those concerned with ensuring the safety of concrete structures.
Paul A. Bosela and Norbert J. Delatte
This collection contains 50 papers on forensic engineering that cover a wide array of subjects related to research, practice, and education.
- natural hazards,
- residential investigations,
- geotechnics and geo-environment,
- performance of transportation facilities,
- historical cases,
- nondestructive evaluation and repair,
- forensics and design practices, and
- tunnels and culverts.
Addressing the interactions between the different design and construction variables and techniques this book illustrates best practices for constructing economical, long life concrete pavements. The book proceeds in much the same way as a pavement construction project. First, different alternatives for concrete pavement solutions are outlined. The desired performance and behaviour parameters are identified. Next, appropriate materials are outlined and the most suitable concrete proportions determined. The design can be completed, and then the necessary construction steps for translating the design into a durable facility are carried out. Although the focus reflects highways as the most common application, special features of airport, industrial, and light duty pavements are also addressed. Use is made of modeling and performance tools such as HIPERPAV and LTPP to illustrate behavior and performance, along with some case studies. As concrete pavements are more complex than they seem, and the costs of mistakes or of over-design can be high, this is a valuable book for engineers in both the public and private sectors.
Norbert J. Delatte and Will Hansen
The International Society for Concrete Pavements is pleased to have held the 8th International Conference on Concrete Pavements in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, from August 14-18, 2005. This conference carried on the tradition of the first seven international conferences previously organized by Purdue University. As with the previous international conferences, the focus of the eighth conference was to present information on new technologies related to design, construction, and rehabilitation of various types of concrete pavements. Specifically, the theme of the conference is Innovations for Concrete Pavement: Technology Transfer for the Next Generation.
The objective of the conference was to present the latest information on economical and practical aspects of hydraulic cement concrete pavement design, construction, materials, maintenance, performance, evaluation, and structural rehabilitation, which are essential for achieving long lasting, high-performance concrete pavements.
Paul A. Bosela, Norbert J. Delatte, and Kevin L. Rens
Proceedings of the Third Forensic Congress, held in San Diego, California, October 19-21, 2003. Sponsored by the Technical Council on Forensic Engineering of ASCE. This collection contains 55 papers on forensic engineering. Each paper applies engineering principles to investigate failures and performance problems of engineered facilities and to develop practices and procedures for reducing the number of future failures. Topics include: Pentagon terrorist attack, mold, loads during construction (SEI/ASCE 37-02), earthquakes and SMRF, historical failures, nondestructive evaluation and infrastructure management, investigation of reinforced concrete structures, education, nondestructive evaluation and measurement, World Trade Center and response, performance of bridges and structures, ethics and practice, construction and erection problems, unusual structures and investigation, and masonry and concrete problems.