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A Deep Learning Approach to Automated Structural Engineering of Prestressed Members

Ahmed A. Torky 1 and Anas A. Aburawwash 2
1. The British University in Egypt, ElSherouk City, Cairo, Egypt
2. Canadian International College, Sheikh Zayed, Giza, Egypt

Abstract—In this paper, an implementation is presented of deep learning on the structural engineering of prestressed concrete members. Prestressed concrete beams and slabs are essential structural members supporting the floors of buildings, yet their optimum design is still a challenge for engineers as they struggle to design sections that adhere to serviceability and economical needs. Recently, the advancement of artificial neural networks has managed to propose more optimum solutions to general engineering applications with ease. Deep learning and grid search available hyperparameters can be utilized to predict optimum prestressing of members, without the need for structural engineers to produce countless analysis and design iterations. A simple prestressed beam is presented as an initial example to show the viability of neural networks against the traditional approaches. Two industrial examples of a continuous beam and a slab-beam type are added to demonstrate scalability of the design.

Index Terms—deep learning, structural engineering, prestressing, artificial neural networks, economic design

Cite: Ahmed A. Torky and Anas A. Aburawwash, "A Deep Learning Approach to Automated Structural Engineering of Prestressed Members," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 347-352, November 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijscer.7.4.347-352