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Hjörvarsdóttir, Soley (author)
Concrete is the second most used material in the world after water and recent trends show no slowing down of the concrete use around the world. Concrete is also a huge contributor to CO2 emissions as it makes up 8% of emissions. This study investigates the optimization of concrete structures to reduce environmental impact while maintaining...
master thesis 2024
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Wesseling, Lucas (author)
The offshore renewable energy market is rapidly growing, particularly in wind and solar sectors. The intermittent nature of these energy sources underscores the necessity for offshore energy storage solutions. Among the techniques being explored, Marine Pumped Hydro-Energy Storage (MPHES) emerges as a promising option. This innovative concept...
master thesis 2024
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Verkade, Lars (author)
The construction sector plays a significant role in the environment, and concrete structures constitute a substantial portion of this sector. The government is actively seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities by promoting a more sustainable approach. In the Netherlands, a considerable number of repetitive...
master thesis 2023
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Dieterich Murr, Laura (author)
The Netherlands is currently facing a significant challenge regarding its highway system due to the rise in traffic, especially in densely populated areas like The Randstad. However, constructing new infrastructure or replacing old bridges is not a practical solution due to environmental concerns. Most of the country's prestressed concrete...
master thesis 2023
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Kiliç, Özge (author)
This master thesis investigates the influence of flanges on the shear capacity of reinforced non-rectangular members without shear reinforcement. The study adapts the evaluation procedure developed by Yang (2014) for rectangular cross-sections to analyze plates with holes, I-beams and T-beams.
master thesis 2023
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Douma, Timo (author)
Bent up bars were prescribed as shear reinforcement in the first half of the twentieth century, stirrups after the 1960’s. In current Eurocode, bent up bars can be applied again, but restrictions with respect to the maximum shear strength should be followed. Goal of this report is to provide background for this shear strength restriction and...
master thesis 2023
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Mukherjee, Pragya (author)
The growing demand for renewable energy sources has led to the deployment of wind turbines worldwide. One of the most critical parts of the wind turbine is the foundation which plays an important role in maintaining the structural integrity and reliability of the towers throughout the service life. This research project is a case study that...
master thesis 2023
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Scheer, Matthijs (author)
Across the Netherlands close to 70 prestressed concrete T-beam bridges with cast-in-between slabs and transverse prestressing built in the 60's and are still in service. The current code NEN-EN 1992-1-1+C2:2011 assesses the shear capacity more conservatively. In addition, the NEN-EN 1991-2+C1:2015 prescribes an increased traffic load. This...
master thesis 2023
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Slockers, Dennis (author)
This thesis explores a suitable method and appropriate input to determine the failure probability of thermal shrinkage cracking in a steel fibre-reinforced underwater concrete floor by examining the factors that influence this failure probability.<br/><br/>An underwater concrete (UWC) floor is a common construction type in the Netherlands that...
master thesis 2023
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Botor, Justyna (author)
A significant part of composite concrete viaducts was built in the 50s and 60s. This has led to an increasing need for the reassessment of the precast concrete beam bridges in the Netherlands. Many of those bridges are nowadays subjected to higher traffic loads and consequently, have a certain risk of not complying with the currently used design...
master thesis 2023
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Streng, Robin (author)
Nowadays, Rijkswaterstaat reassesses many older concrete bridges to guarantee their structural safety under the influence of increased traffic loads and stricter standards. Many of these concrete bridges contain open straight-legged stirrups, which are not allowed to take into account for the calculations of the shear resistance according to...
master thesis 2023
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van de Vreede, Herwald (author)
In the energy sector, a transition is made from fossil fuels to sustainable energies. Due to an irregular supply of these sustainable energies, it often occurs that there is a mismatch between supply and demand. Energy storage is a promising technique to overcome this. In this thesis, the aim is to store gravitational energy in concrete spheres...
master thesis 2023
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van Starrenburg, Pim (author)
In the construction of subsoil structures, a common challenge is the presence of a high groundwater level in combination with the absence of a naturally impermeable layer or an environment susceptible to settlements due to lowering the groundwater level. To overcome this issue, a building pit with an underwater concrete floor (UCF) can be...
master thesis 2023
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Joshi, Amey (author)
The light and frequent earthquakes in the north of the Netherlands, particularly in the province of Groningen, have recently exposed the unreinforced masonry structures to seismic activities. Since these structures do not adhere to seismic regulations, they are considered vulnerable to seismicity. The ultimate state capacity of the structures is...
master thesis 2023
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van Rhijn, Bart (author)
Climate change is changing the world. Where previously efficient use of materials was mainly applied to realize cost savings, this can also help to reduce the footprint of a construction. There is a rather direct and obvious relationship between the amount of material required in a construction and its environmental impact. Of course, the...
master thesis 2022
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de Groot, Jelle (author)
With the rising demand for renewable energy sources the amount of wind turbines which are built on land are growing rapidly. Because of the repetitive nature of the foundation small design improvements can add up to large savings in material usage and building cost. The most critical part of the foundation is the connection between the metal...
master thesis 2022
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Wrzosek, Filip (author)
A series of critical transmission lattice towers failures due to severe ice and wind loads forced German utility companies to reassess the structural stability of their power grid infrastructure. During the structural reassessment process, a problem related to an outdated or even missing documentation of the in-use infrastructure occurred. This...
master thesis 2022
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LI, CHULONG (author)
A new approach to applying the finite difference method for solving the shell model problem. By solving the general shell differential equations (Sanders-Koiter equations) with first-order finite-difference approximation only, a finite difference algorithm called shell code has been developed. <br/><br/>To this end, a 1200-line Python program...
master thesis 2021
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Onitiu, Alexandru (author)
The starting point of the thesis relates to the “Rotterdam Mountain” Project, envisioned by the Rotterdam Dreamers, which proposes an artificial mountain in the otherwise flat landscape of the Netherlands, supported by a cable network that is spanning between multiple high-rise towers. This network has the double function of supporting the...
master thesis 2021
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Tavera Diaz, Daniela (author)
Nowadays, one of the main requirements from civil engineering structures is the level of reliability and safety that they must provide to the users. In structural analysis, the exponential application of numerical methods, as the nonlinear finite element analysis (NLFEA), is due to the increasing growth of computational power. These powerful...
master thesis 2021
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