F203 PBS Structural Elements

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Structural Elements

Components purpose is to collect distribute and resist the forces and pressures that occur within and around the structure.

the form of the components depends on factors:

  • material used
  • position of element within the building
  • function of the element
    • occupational factors
    • environmental factors; thermal and sound etc
  • cost; materials, assembly, maintenace and fabrication
  • the forces that they must resist
    • Compressive
    • tensile
    • shearing

Beams and Slabs (horizontal elements)

Modes of failure

Strength; excessive loads wil cause an element to bend, where the material is unable to resist it will…


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