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The IUP Journal of Structural Engineering
ISSN: 0974-6528
A ‘peer reviewed’ journal distributed by EBSCO and Proquest Database


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Structural engineering is usually considered as a specialty discipline within civil engineering, but can also be studied in its own right. It is the science and art of designing and making buildings, bridges, frameworks and other similar structures. It has taken a completely different path since the middle of the 20th century. It involves understanding the load-resisting properties of components such as beams, columns, walls, slabs, plates, arches, shells, catenaries, etc., and selecting, proportioning, and connecting different components of a structure to resist the forces and displacements without affecting the safety of the structure. Structural Engineers are responsible for using funds, structural elements and materials creatively and efficiently. In recognition of the growing importance of this branch of engineering, IUP has come up with a quarterly journal, The IUP Journal of Structural Engineering.


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  • Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • Steel Structures
  • Cable Structures
  • Nonlinear Structures
  • Nuclear Containment Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Structural Analysis and Mechanics
  • Structural Condition/Health Monitoring of Bridge Structures
  • Analysis and Control of Vibrations
  • Properties and Strength of Materials
  • Construction Engineering
Strength and Durability Studies on Metakaolin and Crushed Sand-Based Concrete
The Effect of Web Taper Ratio on the Free Vibration Behavior of Steel Cantilever Channel Beams
An Experimental Investigation on Selected Durability Properties of Granite-Fines Concrete
Flexural and Cyclic Behavior of RC Beams Retrofitted with Externally Bonded SIFCON and SIMCON Laminates
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Strength and Durability Studies on Metakaolin and Crushed Sand-Based Concrete

--Jagannathan Saravanan and Rajadurai

The paper investigates the suitability of metakaolin and crushed sand in production of concrete. The conventional concrete M20 was made using OPC 53 grade and the other mixes were prepared by replacing part of OPC with metakaolin and crushed sand. Cement was replaced with 10% of metakaolin for all percentage replacements of fine aggregate. The fine aggregate was replaced with crushed sand in five different proportions such as 10%, 15%, 20%, 25% and 30%. The strength and durability properties of all specimens were compared with control specimen.

The Effect of Web Taper Ratio on the Free Vibration Behavior of Steel Cantilever Channel Beams

--K S Vivek and C Ravi Kumar Reddy

Free vibration is an important field of study. Steel cantilever prismatic beams with channel cross-section can be replaced with cantilever tapered beams of channel cross-sections for economy. The taper ratio may affect the behavior of the beam. In this paper, the effect of taper ratio on free vibration of steel cantilever channel beams is studied by finite element modeling and analysis with the help of ANSYS—a commercial software. SHELL 63 element is used for carrying out the analysis. Linear-elastic behavior of the material is considered. For validation of analysis, cases solved by previous researcher (I-beams) are reanalyzed. The natural frequency, displacement vector sum and rotation vector sum values corresponding to first six modes are presented for web taper ratios 0.5, 0.625, 0.75 and 0.875.

An Experimental Investigation on Selected Durability Properties of Granite-Fines Concrete

--Kiran Kumar Narasimhan, B Damodhara Reddy and S Aruna Jyothy

The levels of natural sand, a construction material, are depleting and at the same time, demand for new construction is increasing. In this paper, an attempt has been made to replace natural sand with granite fines by adopting M20 grade concrete with a mix design of 1:1.73:3.1 of cement:natural sand and granite powder:gravel at proportions of 0, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% with a water cement ratio of 0.5. Acid durability test was conducted on concrete cube specimen after 28 days water curing and 62 days soaking in hydrochloric acid. After completion of this procedure, concrete cubes are tested for compressive strength and compared with compressive strength of cubes which are not soaked in HCl after 90 days. The cost analysis is done to ensure usage of granite fines as replacement of natural sand does not vary the cost of project significantly. XRD analysis was done to find out the reasons for the improvement of durability for different proportions of granite fines in concrete.

Flexural and Cyclic Behavior of RC Beams Retrofitted with Externally Bonded SIFCON and SIMCON Laminates

-- R Balamuralikrishnan

The aim of the research work is to present the results of experimental and analytical studies concerning the static and cyclic behavior of Reinforced Concrete (RC) beams retrofitted with externally bonded cementitious composites—Slurry Infiltrated Fiber CONcrete (SIFCON) and Slurry Infiltrated Mat CONcrete (SIMCON). A total of 20 beams of size 125 mm width ´ 250 mm depth ´ 3,200 mm length with effective span of 3,000 mm are cast and tested in the laboratory. The laminates of size 125 mm width ´ 25 mm depth ´ 2,950 mm length are bonded in between the beam supports. Four of them are control specimens. The study considers two series (series 1 and series 2) of SIFCON and SIMCON retrofitting systems. Static and cyclic responses of all the beams were evaluated in terms of strength, stiffness, ductility ratio, energy absorption capacity factor, compositeness between laminate and concrete, and the associated failure modes. The theoretical moment-curvature relationship for the test specimen and the load-displacement response of the strengthened beams and control beams were predicted by using FEA software ANSYS. A comparison was made between the numerical (ANSYS) with the experimental and theoretical results. Regression analysis was carried out using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software and validation of present research was done with the data available in the literature.



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Automated Teller Machines (ATMs): The Changing Face of Banking in India

Bank Management
Information and communication technology has changed the way in which banks provide services to its customers. These days the customers are able to perform their routine banking transactions without even entering the bank premises. ATM is one such development in recent years, which provides remote banking services all over the world, including India. This paper analyzes the development of this self-service banking in India based on the secondary data.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is playing a very important role in the progress and advancement in almost all walks of life. The deregulated environment has provided an opportunity to restructure the means and methods of delivery of services in many areas, including the banking sector. The ICT has been a focused issue in the past two decades in Indian banking. In fact, ICTs are enabling the banks to change the way in which they are functioning. Improved customer service has become very important for the very survival and growth of banking sector in the reforms era. The technological advancements, deregulations, and intense competition due to the entry of private sector and foreign banks have altered the face of banking from one of mere intermediation to one of provider of quick, efficient and customer-friendly services. With the introduction and adoption of ICT in the banking sector, the customers are fast moving away from the traditional branch banking system to the convenient and comfort of virtual banking. The most important virtual banking services are phone banking, mobile banking, Internet banking and ATM banking. These electronic channels have enhanced the delivery of banking services accurately and efficiently to the customers. The ATMs are an important part of a bank’s alternative channel to reach the customers, to showcase products and services and to create brand awareness. This is reflected in the increase in the number of ATMs all over the world. ATM is one of the most widely used remote banking services all over the world, including India. This paper analyzes the growth of ATMs of different bank groups in India.
International Scenario

If ATMs are largely available over geographically dispersed areas, the benefit from using an ATM will increase as customers will be able to access their bank accounts from any geographic location. This would imply that the value of an ATM network increases with the number of available ATM locations, and the value of a bank network to a customer will be determined in part by the final network size of the banking system. The statistical information on the growth of branches and ATM network in select countries.

Indian Scenario

The financial services industry in India has witnessed a phenomenal growth, diversification and specialization since the initiation of financial sector reforms in 1991. Greater customer orientation is the only way to retain customer loyalty and withstand competition in the liberalized world. In a market-driven strategy of development, customer preference is of paramount importance in any economy. Gone are the days when customers used to come to the doorsteps of banks. Now the banks are required to chase the customers; only those banks which are customercentric and extremely focused on the needs of their clients can succeed in their business today.