Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings

Bungale S. Taranath

December 14, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 989 Pages - 753 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439804803 - CAT# K10266


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  • Discusses common types of framing, novel systems such as haunch girder systems, and prestressed concrete design
  • Covers flat slab-frames, coupled shear walls, core-supported structures, tube buildings, and spine-wall structures
  • Examines wind-tunnel procedures using rigid, high frequency base and aeroelastic models
  • Demonstrates how seismically-induced demands may force members to deform well beyond their elastic limits
  • Explores the structural rehabilitation of seismically vulnerable buildings
  • Includes a discussion of performance-based design for structural design of new buildings
  • Presents dynamic response spectra for major cities in the USA


An exploration of the world of concrete as it applies to the construction of buildings, Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings provides a practical perspective on all aspects of reinforced concrete used in the design of structures, with particular focus on tall and ultra-tall buildings. Written by Dr. Bungale S. Taranath, this work explains the fundamental principles and state-of-the-art technologies required to build vertical structures as sound as they are eloquent. Dozens of cases studies of tall buildings throughout the world, many designed by Dr. Taranath, provide in-depth insight on why and how specific structural system choices are made.

The book bridges the gap between two approaches: one based on intuitive skills and experience and the other based on computer skills and analytical techniques. Examining the results when experiential intuition marries unfathomable precision, this book discusses:

  • The latest building codes, including ASCE/SEI 7-05, IBC-06/09, ACI 318-05/08, and ASCE/SEI 41-06
  • Recent developments in studies of seismic vulnerability and retrofit design
  • Earthquake hazard mitigation technology, including seismic base isolation, passive energy dissipation, and damping systems
  • Lateral bracing concepts and gravity-resisting systems
  • Performance based design trends
  • Dynamic response spectrum and equivalent lateral load procedures

Using realistic examples throughout, Dr. Taranath shows how to create sound, cost-efficient high rise structures. His lucid and thorough explanations provide the tools required to derive systems that gracefully resist the battering forces of nature while addressing the specific needs of building owners, developers, and architects. The book is packed with broad-ranging material from fundamental principles to the state-of-the-art technologies and includes techniques thoroughly developed to be highly adaptable. Offering complete guidance, instructive examples, and color illustrations, the author develops several approaches for designing tall buildings. He demonstrates the benefits of blending imaginative problem solving and rational analysis for creating better structural systems.