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Forensic Engineering and Rehabilitation of Structures
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Postgraduate (PG)
School of Engineering

'Analysis and Design for Earthquake Forces' is an elective course offered in M. Tech. program in Structural & Construction Engineering at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus.

Failure of Structures: Review of the construction theory – performance problems – responsibility and accountability – case studies – learning from failures – causes of distress in structural members – design and material deficiencies – over loading - Diagnosis and Assessment of Distress: Visual inspection – non destructive tests – ultrasonic pulse velocity method – rebound hammer technique – pullout tests – Windsor probe test – crack detection techniques – case studies – single and multistorey buildings – Fibreoptic method for prediction of structural weakness -Environmental Problems and Natural Hazards: Effect of corrosive, chemical and marine environment – pollution and carbonation problems – durability of RCC structures – damage due to earthquakes and strengthening of buildings – provisions of BIS 1893 and 4326. Methods of repair in concrete, steel and timber structural components.- Modern Techniques of Retrofitting: Structural first aid after a disaster – guniting, jacketing – use of chemicals in repair – application of polymers – ferrocement and fiber concretes as rehabilitation materials – strengthening by pre-stressing – case studies.- Maintenance - inspection and planning, budgeting and management.

  • Design and Construction Failures, Dovkaminetzky, Galgotia Publication, New Delhi, 2009.
  • Concrete – Building Pathology, Macdonald S, John Wiley and Sons, 2002.
  • Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, Robert. T Ratay, Mc Graw Hill, 2009.
  • Understanding Building Failures, James Douglas and Bill Ransom, Taylor and Francis Group, 2007.
  • Concrete Repair and Maintenance, Peter H Emmons, Galgotia Publications, 2010.