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Design of Folded Plates

Ruben A. Gomez, P.E.

Course Outline

After the introductory section the reader will find practical generalities about folded plates and the basis of reasoning behind the accepted principles of design. The idealized framework is explained in detail as well as the formula derivation necessary for a rational analysis. A suggestion of how the designer should organize his data prior to engaging in the design process is clearly given. Finally, practical rules of how to avoid the common pitfalls that normally could bog down even the best of designs.

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

Learning Objective

After having completed the study of this course, the user should attain the following:

Intended Audience

This course is directly intended for practicing architects and professional engineers. Nevertheless, it may also have some practical value for building contractors.

Benefit for Attendee

Every effort has been made to satisfy the information needs of the typical attendee when it comes to the design and construction of folded plates.

Course Introduction

This course covers all the pieces of engineering knowledge necessary for the successful design and construction of folded plates. A numerical example is presented from the normal assumptions of analysis for the final sizing of components, construction drawing presentation, technical specifications and field execution.

Course Content

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Design of Folded Plates

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Course Summary

In a nutshell these are the parts and titles of this course: Introduction, Generalities on Folded Plates, Structural Idealization, Procedural Steps of Analysis, Formulary Derivations & References, Preparatory Work Previous to Analysis and last but not least, a complete Numerical Example. This course also includes instructive appendices for the guidance of both, the novice and the experienced practitioner.

Related Links and References

For additional related technical information on this subject we recommend the latest edition of:

1. Direct Solution of Folded Plate Concrete Roofs, A. L. Parme & John A. Sbarounis.
2. Design of Folded Plate Roofs, Howard Simpson.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.