Structural Behaviour of Steel Reinforcing Bar Cages

Rebar cages are transported to the construction site, and then concrete is cast around them. Until the concrete is cast, these cages form a structure in their own right that must be safe against collapse due to its own weight, as well as environmental and structural loads (e.g., wind). The objective of the research is to better understand at a fundamental level the structural behaviour of rebar cages and ultimately develop predictive models for the stresses and deflections of a given cage. Such a model can be used to ensure the design is safe (will not collapse during any stage of the construction) and will behave as expected (will not undergo excessive deflections).

Mohammadmehdi Shahzamanian Sichani
Faculty Supervisor: 
Colin MacDougall
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