Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design

Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design
Author: An-Bin Huang,Hai-Sui Yu
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 601
Release: 2017-12-06
ISBN: 1351255398
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design Book Excerpt:

One of the core roles of a practising geotechnical engineer is to analyse and design foundations. This textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students covers the analysis, design and construction of shallow and deep foundations and retaining structures as well as the stability analysis and mitigation of slopes. It progressively introduces critical state soil mechanics and plasticity theories such as plastic limit analysis and cavity expansion theories before leading into the theories of foundation, lateral earth pressure and slope stability analysis. On the engineering side, the book introduces construction and testing methods used in current practice. Throughout it emphasizes the connection between theory and practice. It prepares readers for the more sophisticated non-linear elastic-plastic analysis in foundation engineering which is commonly used in engineering practice, and serves too as a reference book for practising engineers. A companion website provides a series of Excel spreadsheet programs to cover all examples included in the book, and PowerPoint lecture slides and a solutions manual for lecturers. Using Excel, the relationships between the input parameters and the design and analysis results can be seen. Numerical values of complex equations can be calculated quickly. non-linearity and optimization can be brought in more easily to employ functioned numerical methods. And sophisticated methods can be seen in practice, such as p-y curve for laterally loaded piles and flexible retaining structures, and methods of slices for slope stability analysis.

Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design

Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design
Author: An-Bin Huang
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 637
Release: 2017
ISBN: 9781351255370
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Engineering Analysis and Design Book Excerpt:

One of the core roles of a practising geotechnical engineer is to analyse and design foundations. This textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students covers the analysis, design and construction of shallow and deep foundations and retaining structures as well as the stability analysis and mitigation of slopes. It progressively introduces critical state soil mechanics and plasticity theories such as plastic limit analysis and cavity expansion theories before leading into the theories of foundation, lateral earth pressure and slope stability analysis. On the engineering side, the book introduces construction and testing methods used in current practice. Throughout it emphasizes the connection between theory and practice. It prepares readers for the more sophisticated non-linear elastic-plastic analysis in foundation engineering which is commonly used in engineering practice, and serves too as a reference book for practising engineers.

Foundation Design

Foundation Design
Author: N. S. V. Kamesware Rao
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2010-12-30
ISBN: 9780470828151
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Design Book Excerpt:

In Foundation Design: Theory and Practice, Professor N. S. V. Kameswara Rao covers the key aspects of the subject, including principles of testing, interpretation, analysis, soil-structure interaction modeling, construction guidelines, and applications to rational design. Rao presents a wide array of numerical methods used in analyses so that readers can employ and adapt them on their own. Throughout the book the emphasis is on practical application, training readers in actual design procedures using the latest codes and standards in use throughout the world. Presents updated design procedures in light of revised codes and standards, covering: American Concrete Institute (ACI) codes Eurocode 7 Other British Standard-based codes including Indian codes Provides background materials for easy understanding of the topics, such as: Code provisions for reinforced concrete Pile design and construction Machine foundations and construction practices Tests for obtaining the design parameters Features subjects not covered in other foundation design texts: Soil-structure interaction approaches using analytical, numerical, and finite element methods Analysis and design of circular and annular foundations Analysis and design of piles and groups subjected to general loads and movements Contains worked out examples to illustrate the analysis and design Provides several problems for practice at the end of each chapter Lecture materials for instructors available on the book's companion website Foundation Design is designed for graduate students in civil engineering and geotechnical engineering. The book is also ideal for advanced undergraduate students, contractors, builders, developers, heavy machine manufacturers, and power plant engineers. Students in mechanical engineering will find the chapter on machine foundations helpful for structural engineering applications. Companion website for instructor resources: www.wiley.com/go/rao

Analysis Design and Construction of Foundations

Analysis  Design and Construction of Foundations
Author: Yung Ming Cheng,Chi Wai Law,Leilei Liu
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2021-02-22
ISBN: 1000194027
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Analysis Design and Construction of Foundations Book Excerpt:

Analysis, Design and Construction of Foundations outlines methods for analysis and design of the construction of shallow and deep foundations with particular reference to case studies in Hong Kong and China, as well as a discussion of the methods used in other countries. It introduces the main approaches used by geotechnical and structural engineers, and the precautions required for planning, design and construction of foundation structures. Some computational methods and computer programmes are reviewed to provide tools for performing a more realistic analysis of foundation systems. The authors examine in depth the methods used for constructing shallow foundations, deep foundations, excavation and lateral support systems, slope stability analysis and construction, and ground monitoring for proper site management. Some new and innovative foundation construction methods are also introduced. It is illustrated with case studies of failures and defects from actual construction projects. Some advanced and modern theories are also covered in this book. This book is more targeted towards the understanding of the basic behavior and the actual construction of many geotechnical works, and this book is not dedicated to any design code or specification, though Euro codes and Hong Kong code are also used in this book for illustration. It is ideal for consulting geotechnical engineers, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
Author: P. Purushothama Raj
Publsiher: Pearson Education India
Total Pages: 840
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9788131711774
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Book Excerpt:

Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering deals with its principles in an elegant, yet simplified, manner in this text. It presents all the material required for a firm background in the subject, reinforcing theoretical aspects with sound practical applications. The study of soil behaviour is made lucid through precise treatment of the factors that influence it.

Analysis of Structures on Elastic Foundation

Analysis of Structures on Elastic Foundation
Author: Levon G. Petrosian
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2022-06-13
ISBN: 1000585719
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Analysis of Structures on Elastic Foundation Book Excerpt:

This book is devoted to the static and dynamic analysis of structures on elastic foundation. Through comprehensive analysis, the book shows analytical and mechanical relationships among classic and modern methods of solving boundary value problems. The book provides a wide spectrum of applications of modern techniques and methods of calculation of static and dynamic problems of engineering design. It pursues both methodological and practical purposes, and the accounting of all methods is accompanied by solutions of the specific problems, which are not merely illustrative in nature but may represent an independent interest in the study of various technical issues. Two special features of the book are the extensive use of the generalized functions for describing the impacts on structures and the substantiations of the methods of the apparatus of the generalized functions. The book illustrates modern methods for solving boundary-value problems of structural mechanics and soil mechanics based on the application of boundary equations. The book presents the philosophy of boundary equations and boundary element methods. A number of examples of solving different problems of static and dynamic calculation of structures on an elastic foundation are given according to the methods presented in the book. Introduces a general approach to the method of integral transforms based on the spectral theory of the linear differential operators. The Spectral Method of Boundary Element (SMBE) is developed based on using integral transforms with an orthogonal kernel in the extended domain. Presents a new, versatile foundation model with a number of advantages over the ground-based models currently used in practical calculations. Provides new transforms which will aid in solving various problems relevant to bars, beams, plates, and shells in particular for the structures on elastic foundation. Examines the methods of solving boundary-value problems typical for structural mechanics and related fields.

Foundation Engineering Handbook

Foundation Engineering Handbook
Author: Hsai-Yang Fang
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 923
Release: 2013-06-29
ISBN: 1475752717
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Engineering Handbook Book Excerpt:

More than ten years have passed since the first edition was published. During that period there have been a substantial number of changes in geotechnical engineering, especially in the applications of foundation engineering. As the world population increases, more land is needed and many soil deposits previously deemed unsuitable for residential housing or other construction projects are now being used. Such areas include problematic soil regions, mining subsidence areas, and sanitary landfills. To overcome the problems associated with these natural or man-made soil deposits, new and improved methods of analysis, design, and implementation are needed in foundation construction. As society develops and living standards rise, tall buildings, transportation facilities, and industrial complexes are increasingly being built. Because of the heavy design loads and the complicated environments, the traditional design concepts, construction materials, methods, and equipment also need improvement. Further, recent energy and material shortages have caused additional burdens on the engineering profession and brought about the need to seek alternative or cost-saving methods for foundation design and construction.

Methods of Foundation Engineering

Methods of Foundation Engineering
Author: Z. Bažant
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 616
Release: 2014-08-28
ISBN: 0444598057
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Methods of Foundation Engineering Book Excerpt:

Methods of Foundation Engineering covers the theory, analysis, and practice of foundation engineering, as well as its soil mechanics and structural design aspects and principles. The book is divided into five parts encompassing 21 chapters. Part A is of an introductory character and presents a brief review of the various types of foundation structures used in civil engineering and their historical development. Part B provides the theoretical fundamentals of soil and rock mechanics, which are of importance for foundation design. Part C deals with the design of the footing area of spread footings and discusses the shallow foundation methods. Part D describes the methods of deep foundations, while Part E is devoted to special foundation methods. Each chapter in Parts C to E starts with an introduction containing a synopsis of the matter being discussed and giving suggestions as to the choice of a suitable method of foundation. This is followed by a description of the methods generally used in practice. Simple analyses of structures, presented at the conclusion of each chapter, can be carried out by a pocket calculator. This book will prove useful to practicing civil and design engineers.

FOUNDATION ENGINEERING

FOUNDATION ENGINEERING
Author: P. C. VARGHESE
Publsiher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN: 8120326520
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

FOUNDATION ENGINEERING Book Excerpt:

Foundation Engineering is of prime importance to undergraduate and postgraduate students of civil engineering as well as to practising engineers. For, there is no construction - be it buildings (government, commercial and residential), bridges, highways, or dams - that does not draw from the principles and application of this subject. Unlike many textbooks on Geotechnical Engineering that deal with both Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, this text gives an exclusive treatment and an indepth analysis of Foundation Engineering. What distinguishes the text is that it not merely equips the students with the necessary knowledge for the course and examination, but provides a solid foundation for further practice in their profession later. In addition, as the book is based on the Codes prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards, students of Indian universities will find it particularly useful. The author is specialized in both Soil Mechanics and Structural Engineering; he studied Soil Mechanics under the guidance of Prof. Terzaghi and Prof. Casagrande of Harvard University - the pioneers of the subject. Similarly, he studied Structural Engineering under Prof. A.L.L. Baker of Imperial College, London, the pioneer of Limit State Design. These specializations coupled with over 50 years of teaching experience of the author make this text authoritative and exhaustive. Intended as a text for undergraduate (Civil Engineering) and postgraduate (Geotechnical Engineering and Structural Engineering) students, the book would also be found highly useful to practising engineers and young academics teaching the course.

Foundation Design

Foundation Design
Author: N. S. V. Kamesware Rao
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2010-12-30
ISBN: 0470828153
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Design Book Excerpt:

In Foundation Design: Theory and Practice, Professor N. S. V. Kameswara Rao covers the key aspects of the subject, including principles of testing, interpretation, analysis, soil-structure interaction modeling, construction guidelines, and applications to rational design. Rao presents a wide array of numerical methods used in analyses so that readers can employ and adapt them on their own. Throughout the book the emphasis is on practical application, training readers in actual design procedures using the latest codes and standards in use throughout the world. Presents updated design procedures in light of revised codes and standards, covering: American Concrete Institute (ACI) codes Eurocode 7 Other British Standard-based codes including Indian codes Provides background materials for easy understanding of the topics, such as: Code provisions for reinforced concrete Pile design and construction Machine foundations and construction practices Tests for obtaining the design parameters Features subjects not covered in other foundation design texts: Soil-structure interaction approaches using analytical, numerical, and finite element methods Analysis and design of circular and annular foundations Analysis and design of piles and groups subjected to general loads and movements Contains worked out examples to illustrate the analysis and design Provides several problems for practice at the end of each chapter Lecture materials for instructors available on the book's companion website Foundation Design is designed for graduate students in civil engineering and geotechnical engineering. The book is also ideal for advanced undergraduate students, contractors, builders, developers, heavy machine manufacturers, and power plant engineers. Students in mechanical engineering will find the chapter on machine foundations helpful for structural engineering applications. Companion website for instructor resources: www.wiley.com/go/rao

Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Monuments and Historic Sites

Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Monuments and Historic Sites
Author: Emilio Bilotta,Alessandro Flora,Stefania Lirer,Carlo Viggiani
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 808
Release: 2013-05-10
ISBN: 1315887495
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Monuments and Historic Sites Book Excerpt:

All the traces of historic heritage are a fundamental part of our environment and reward us in the form of cultural enrichment, with the ability to have a positive effect both on our lifestyle and economy. Therefore, the preservation of ancient monuments, historic towns and sites has increasingly drawn the attention of public opinion, governmental

Aquananotechnology

Aquananotechnology
Author: David E. Reisner,T. Pradeep
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 887
Release: 2014-09-24
ISBN: 0415621275
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aquananotechnology Book Excerpt:

The world’s fresh water supplies are dwindling rapidly—even wastewater is now considered an asset. By 2025, most of the world's population will be facing serious water stresses and shortages. Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects breaks new ground with its informative and innovative introduction of the application of nanotechnology to the remediation of contaminated water for drinking and industrial use. It provides a comprehensive overview, from a global perspective, of the latest research and developments in the use of nanotechnology for water purification and desalination methods. The book also covers approaches to remediation such as high surface area nanoscale media for adsorption of toxic species, UV treatment of pathogens, and regeneration of saturated media with applications in municipal water supplies, produced water from fracking, ballast water, and more. It also discusses membranes, desalination, sensing, engineered polymers, magnetic nanomaterials, electrospun nanofibers, photocatalysis, endocrine disruptors, and Al13 clusters. It explores physics-based phenomena such as subcritical water and cavitation-induced sonoluminescence, and fog harvesting. With contributions from experts in developed and developing countries, including those with severe contamination, such as China, India, and Pakistan, the book’s content spans a wide range of the subject areas that fall under the aquananotechnology banner, either squarely or tangentially. The book strongly emphasizes sorption media, with broad application to a myriad of contaminants—both geogenic and anthropogenic—keeping in mind that it is not enough for water to be potable, it must also be palatable.

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
Author: Chandrakant S. Desai,Musharraf Zaman
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 638
Release: 2013-11-27
ISBN: 1466515600
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Advanced Geotechnical Engineering Book Excerpt:

Soil-structure interaction is an area of major importance in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics Advanced Geotechnical Engineering: Soil-Structure Interaction using Computer and Material Models covers computer and analytical methods for a number of geotechnical problems. It introduces the main factors important to the application of computer methods and constitutive models with emphasis on the behavior of soils, rocks, interfaces, and joints, vital for reliable and accurate solutions. This book presents finite element (FE), finite difference (FD), and analytical methods and their applications by using computers, in conjunction with the use of appropriate constitutive models; they can provide realistic solutions for soil–structure problems. A part of this book is devoted to solving practical problems using hand calculations in addition to the use of computer methods. The book also introduces commercial computer codes as well as computer codes developed by the authors. Uses simplified constitutive models such as linear and nonlinear elastic for resistance-displacement response in 1-D problems Uses advanced constitutive models such as elasticplastic, continued yield plasticity and DSC for microstructural changes leading to microcracking, failure and liquefaction Delves into the FE and FD methods for problems that are idealized as two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) Covers the application for 3-D FE methods and an approximate procedure called multicomponent methods Includes the application to a number of problems such as dams , slopes, piles, retaining (reinforced earth) structures, tunnels, pavements, seepage, consolidation, involving field measurements, shake table, and centrifuge tests Discusses the effect of interface response on the behavior of geotechnical systems and liquefaction (considered as a microstructural instability) This text is useful to practitioners, students, teachers, and researchers who have backgrounds in geotechnical, structural engineering, and basic mechanics courses.

Foundation Analysis and Design

Foundation Analysis and Design
Author: Joseph E. Bowles
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Total Pages: 1004
Release: 1988
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Foundations
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Analysis and Design Book Excerpt:

The revision of this best-selling text for a junior/senior course in Foundation Analysis and Design now includes an IBM computer disk containing 16 compiled programs together with the data sets used to produce the output sheets, as well as new material on sloping ground, pile and pile group analysis, and procedures for an improved anlysis of lateral piles. Bearing capacity analysis has been substantially revised for footings with horizontal as well as vertical loads. Footing design for overturning now incorporates the use of the same uniform linear pressure concept used in ascertaining the bearing capacity. Increased emphasis is placed on geotextiles for retaining walls and soil nailing. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Piezocone and Cone Penetration Test CPTu and CPT Applications in Foundation Engineering

Piezocone and Cone Penetration Test  CPTu and CPT  Applications in Foundation Engineering
Author: Abolfazl Eslami,Sara Moshfeghi,Hossein MolaAbasi,Mohammad M. Eslami
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2019-11-23
ISBN: 0081028741
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Piezocone and Cone Penetration Test CPTu and CPT Applications in Foundation Engineering Book Excerpt:

Piezocone and cone penetration tests (CPTu and CPT) applications in foundation engineering includes different approaches for determining the bearing capacity of shallow foundations, along with methods for determining pile bearing capacity and settlement concepts. The use of soft computing (GMDH) neural networks related to CPT records and Geotechnical parameters are also discussed. In addition, different cases regarding the behavior of foundation performance using case records, such as shallow foundation, deep soil improvement, soil behavior classification (SBC), and bearing capacity are also included. Provides the latest on CPT and CPTu performance in geotechnical engineering, i.e., bearing capacity, settlement, liquefaction, soil classification and shear strength prediction Introduces soft computing methods for processing soil properties and pile bearing capacity via CPT and CPTu Explains CPT and CPTu testing methods which allows for the continuous, or virtually continuous, record of ground conditions

Foundation Design and Construction

Foundation Design and Construction
Author: Michael John Tomlinson,R. Boorman
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 569
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780130311801
Category: Foundations.
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foundation Design and Construction Book Excerpt:

Foundation Design and Construction has long been established as the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the subject. The combination of soil engineering principles, design information, and construction details, makes this book an essential resource for undergraduates and practitioners alike. The text first introduces basic theory and then, by means of case studies, practical worked examples and design charts, develops an in-depth understanding of foundation design and construction methods. Types of foundation covered include shallow strip, pad and raft, basement structures, driven and bored piles, and deep shafts. Practical information is also given on foundation design for swelling and shrinking clays, filled ground and mining subsidence areas. In addition the text contains a useful introduction to computer-aided design.The seventh edition has been brought up-to-date with recent developments in foundation design and construction techniques. These include recent research undertaken by the Construction Industry Research and Development Association (CIRIA) leading to new methods and design rules, and a discussion of the requirements for the latest draft of Eurocode 7: Geotechnical Design.

Risk and Variability in Geotechnical Engineering

Risk and Variability in Geotechnical Engineering
Author: Michael A. Hicks
Publsiher: Thomas Telford
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9780727734860
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Risk and Variability in Geotechnical Engineering Book Excerpt:

This book presents cutting edge techniques for characterising, quantifying and modelling geomaterial variability in addition to methods for quantifying the influence of this variability on the performance of geotechnical structures. It includes state-of-the-art refereed journal papers by leading international researchers along with written and informal discussions on a selection of key submissions that were presented at a Symposium at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 9th May 2005.

The Foundation Engineering Handbook

The Foundation Engineering Handbook
Author: Manjriker Gunaratne
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2006-01-13
ISBN: 020348441X
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Foundation Engineering Handbook Book Excerpt:

Great strides have been made in the art of foundation design during the last two decades. In situ testing, site improvement techniques, the use of geogrids in the design of retaining walls, modified ACI codes, and ground deformation modeling using finite elements are but a few of the developments that have significantly advanced foundation engineering in recent years. What has been lacking, however, is a comprehensive reference for foundation engineers that incorporates these state-of-the-art concepts and techniques. The Foundation Engineering Handbook fills that void. It presents both classical and state-of-the-art design and analysis techniques for earthen structures, and covers basic soil mechanics and soil and groundwater modeling concepts along with the latest research results. It addresses isolated and shallow footings, retaining structures, and modern methods of pile construction monitoring, as well as stability analysis and ground improvement methods. The handbook also covers reliability-based design and LRFD (Load Resistance Factor Design)-concepts not addressed in most foundation engineering texts. Easy-to-follow numerical design examples illustrate each technique. Along with its unique, comprehensive coverage, the clear, concise discussions and logical organization of The Foundation Engineering Handbook make it the one quick reference every practitioner and student in the field needs.

Model Uncertainties in Foundation Design

Model Uncertainties in Foundation Design
Author: Chong Tang,Kok-Kwang Phoon
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 568
Release: 2021-03-17
ISBN: 0429658397
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Model Uncertainties in Foundation Design Book Excerpt:

Model Uncertainties in Foundation Design is unique in the compilation of the largest and the most diverse load test databases to date, covering many foundation types (shallow foundations, spudcans, driven piles, drilled shafts, rock sockets and helical piles) and a wide range of ground conditions (soil to soft rock). All databases with names prefixed by NUS are available upon request. This book presents a comprehensive evaluation of the model factor mean (bias) and coefficient of variation (COV) for ultimate and serviceability limit state based on these databases. These statistics can be used directly for AASHTO LRFD calibration. Besides load test databases, performance databases for other geo-structures and their model factor statistics are provided. Based on this extensive literature survey, a practical three-tier scheme for classifying the model uncertainty of geo-structures according to the model factor mean and COV is proposed. This empirically grounded scheme can underpin the calibration of resistance factors as a function of the degree of understanding – a concept already adopted in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and being considered for the new draft for Eurocode 7 Part 1 (EN 1997-1:202x). The helical pile research in Chapter 7 was recognised by the 2020 ASCE Norman Medal.

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials
Author: Thiru Aravinthan,Warna (Karu) Karunasena,Hao Wang
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 914
Release: 2008-11-20
ISBN: 1482266504
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials Book Excerpt:

Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials is a collection of peer-reviewed papers presented at the 20th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM20, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 2 - 5 December 2008) by academics, researchers and practicing engineers mainly from Austral