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Wind and Structures
  Volume 24, Number 1, January 2017 , pages 043-57

Agglomeration effects on the buckling behaviour of embedded concrete columns reinforced with SiO2 nano-particles
Mehdi Zamanian, Reza Kolahchi and Mahmood Rabani Bidgoli

    The use of nanotechnology materials and applications in the construction industry should be considered for enhancing material properties. However, the nonlinear buckling of an embedded straight concrete columns reinforced with silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanoparticles is investigated in the present study. The column is simulated mathematically with Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam models. Agglomeration effects and the characteristics of the equivalent composite are determined using Mori-Tanaka approach. The foundation around the column is simulated with spring and shear layer. The governing equations are derived using energy method and Hamilton\'s principal. Differential quadrature method (DQM) is used in order to obtain the buckling load of structure. The influences of volume percent of SiO2 nanoparticles, geometrical parameters and agglomeration on the buckling of column are investigated. Numerical results indicate that considering agglomeration effects leads to decrease in buckling load of structure.
Key Words
    agglomeration; buckling; concrete column; SiO2 nanoparticles; DQM
Mehdi Zamanian, Reza Kolahchi and Mahmood Rabani Bidgoli: Department of Civil Engineering, Jasb Branch, Islamic Azad University, Jasb, Iran

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