Structural Analysis of AL-Fakhama Compound in Tulkarm City

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Tareq H JaBer
Majdi Saify
Mohammed Abu Alrob
Mohammed Abd Aljaleel
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A compound is chosen to be designed in a city where buildings are mostly 20-30m high, to introduce this type of structure to our community. Compounds can be sufficient because they provide more living and/or working space for the same land, which is useful in a highly populated city and with limited possible land expansion because of occupation, such as Tulkarm Many important aspects will be covered in the project, such as project description, hypothesis- Goals and objectives, main assumptions and proof of results. Moreover, designing a compound is a challenge, the plans need to be fully understood, which contain a lot of details, and all loads shall be accounted for. The goal is to provide a safe and economical design of all structural elements. The compound is constructed in the southern side of Tulkarm city, it consists of 4 blocks having a total area about “1786 m2”, the same basement floor is shared by the 4 blocks which has an area about “1985 m2”, this basement provides a parking lot for all the people who live in the compound, each block consists of 5 floors and a roof. The free space between the blocks will be used as a garden which makes the compound environmentally friendly, give an aesthetical look and beautiful architectural touch. The project will be executed in two-parts, in the 1st part, the following issues will be carried out: reading of the architectural plans, estimating the various types of loads that the structure is exposed to and assuming preliminary dimensions for structural elements, modeling the structure on modern computer programs like ETABS and SAP2000 based on the last updated global structural codes, such as ASCE7-10, ACI 318-14, IBC and so on. Manual checks will be performed to ensure that the model is correct and applicable, so that results can be used in performing manual calculations of required reinforcement and comparing it with the program’s results so that the final reinforcement from the program can be practically applicable. In the 2nd part, the dimensional design of the structural elements and the required reinforcement will be computed. At the end of this project, we will be able to design, analyze, read the code and work in a team spirit.