WIT Press


Sustainable Design Using Multiobjective Optimization Of High-strength Concrete I-beams

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HPSM140331

Volume

137

Pages

12

Page Range

347 - 358

Published

2014

Size

615 kb

Author(s)

T. García-Segura, V. Yepes & J. Alcalá

Abstract

Sustainable designs require long-term environmental vision. To this end, this study proposes a methodology to design reinforced concrete I-beams based on multiobjective optimization techniques. The objective functions are the economic cost, the CO2 emissions, the service life, and the overall safety coefficient. The procedure was applied to a simply supported concrete I-beam including several high-strength concrete mix compositions. The solution of this 15 m beam was defined by a total of 20 variables. Results indicate that highstrength concrete is used for long-term solutions. Further, the economic feasibility of low-carbon structures remaining in service for long periods and ensuring safety is proven. This methodology is widely applicable to different structure designs and therefore, gives engineers a worthy guide to enhance the sustainability of their designs. Keywords: multiobjective optimization, sustainability, high-strength concrete, I-beam, durability.

Keywords

multiobjective optimization, sustainability, high-strength concrete, I-beam, durability.