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Steel Frame Sculpture for Teaching Purposes

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Are You Experienced? Approaches and Tools for Experiential Learning

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Civil Engineering

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Hadi Kazemiroodsari Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Hadi Kazemiroodsari is assistant professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD in Geotechnical engineering from Northeastern University. His area of expertise are Geotechnical engineering and Earthquake engineering.

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Anuja Kamat Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Anuja Kamat is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. Prof. Kamat received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign . She also has a BE in Construction Engineering from University of Mumbai and Diploma in Civil Engineering from Government Polytechnic, Mumbai. Prof. Kamat’s research is in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, concrete blocks and engineering education.

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William Jordan Cashel-Cordo Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Lab Tech Civil Engineering

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Abstract: Steel Design, and Concrete Design are two important structural engineering courses which are taught widely in most of the universities in United States. One important aspect of teaching these courses is getting students familiar with the steel frame and common connections which are used in construction of a frame. This poster presents construction of a steel frame sculpture with detailed beam to column and column to footing connections. This frame was constructed as a student project completely on campus. American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) motivates faculties and students nationally to design and built a steel sculpture for their universities by providing construction plans for them. Although authors used AISC’s idea to build the steel sculpture, the sculpture presented in this poster is not built of a plan provided by AISC. A tree shaped sculpture was drafted in SOLIDWORKS and the sculpture was constructed based of the drawings. This sculpture is made up of multiple steel I beam pieces which are welded and bolted to each other, to demonstrate different beam to column and beam to beam connections. A light weight concrete footing is designed and built for this sculpture to demonstrate the column to footing connection. The sculpture is placed on the floor of Civil Engineering department and is used for teaching purposes.

Kazemiroodsari, H., & Hart, A., & Kamat, A., & Cashel-Cordo, W. J. (2020, June), Steel Frame Sculpture for Teaching Purposes Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35202

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