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Design of Folded Plates

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

Folded plates first appeared in Europe about one hundred years ago, then after the Second World War they were introduced in the United States where they became rapidly popular because they could cover large spans with relatively less amount of material, the construction methodology was clear and easy to follow and their design routine was logical and full of common sense.

A numerical example is presented in such a way that it can be followed step by step and used as a “road map” to use in the design of other practical cases the practicing engineer may have in his daily practice. In addition, he will find design alternatives as well as the pros and cons when it comes to their application to his particular conditions.

Although true that the design engineer has available plenty of computer programs for the design of folded plates, it is not less true that he can be held liable by his Board of Professional Engineers for not having a complete understanding of the process of hand design and the consequences could be devastating to his practice. Therefore, whether or not he plans to use computers, a full knowledge of the design is a must.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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