Failures in Concrete Structures: Case Studies in Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete

Robin Whittle

November 1, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 148 Pages - 44 Color & 122 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415567015 - CAT# Y106141


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  • Provides valuable guidance and advice on engineering mistakes for civil and structural engineers
  • Written by a well-respected and highly experienced professional
  • Covers design errors in transfer beams, arch floors, precast stairs, floating pontoons, and precast columns
  • Describes problems due to structural modelling (modelling rigid links, assessing model limits, and analysis of flat slabs)
  • Examines misuse of code of practice clauses, inadequate assessment of critical force paths, and inadequate understanding of materials’ properties


Some lessons are only learned from mistakes but, it’s much cheaper to learn from someone else’s mistakes than to have to do so from your own. Drawing on over fifty years of working with concrete structures, Robin Whittle examines the problems which he has seen occur and shows how they could have been avoided.

The first and largest part of the book tells the stories of a number of cases where things have gone wrong with concrete structures. Each case is analyzed to identify its cause and how it might have been prevented. It then looks at how failures in structural modelling can lead to big problems if they are not identified before construction is undertaken. Beyond this it examines how contract arrangements can encourage or prevent problems in the designing and building processes. It concludes with an examination of the role research and development in preventing failures.

By identifying the differences between shoddy economizations and genuine efficiency savings, this book offers savings in the short term which won’t be at the expense of a structure’s long-term performance. Invaluable reading if you’re designing or building concrete structures and want to avoid problems which could be expensive or embarrassing further down the line.

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