Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: The hunt for the elusive concept
Author: Oehlers, D.
Citation: Advances in Structural Engineering: an international journal, 2010; 13(5 Sp Iss):755-772
Publisher: Multi-science Publishing Co. Ltd.
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1369-4332
Statement of
Deric John Oehlers
Abstract: Structural engineers, whether they are designers, contractors or academics, are frequently faced with the problem of introducing innovation into practice through research, such as for the development of new structures or the use of new materials such as fibre reinforced polymer. Hence, research is pivotal to the introduction of innovation. How research is applied is invariably a very complex and often costly problem and consequently needs careful examination to be effective. All engineers do research but by the very nature of research we all do research in different ways. This paper is the author's reflections on research procedures and approaches often used in structural engineering. These approaches are then illustrated using the author's research particularly on developing a generic failure model for reinforced concrete which can be applied to the seemingly disparate reinforced concrete problems of moment-rotation, shear capacity and the effect of confinement. Numerous concepts are introduced in this paper such as: the use of empirical modelling in plugging the gaps in the structural mechanics models; the elusive concept that is pivotal to understanding and should not be confused with the illusive concept; and categorisation of researchers to help sort out the mass of information available.
Keywords: research
reinforced concrete
failure mechanism
Rights: Copyright ©2010, MetaPress. All Rights Reserved.
DOI: 10.1260/1369-4332.13.5.755
Published version:
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest 5
Civil and Environmental Engineering publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.