Development of raised access floor panel by optimisation techniques

Cheah, H.C., 2015. Development of raised access floor panel by optimisation techniques. In: M. Sarshar Driscoll, A. Ianakiev ORCID: 0000-0002-1413-8110 and B. Sertyesilisik, eds., Contemporary Trends in the Regenerative and Sustainable Built Environment:Technical and Managerial Aspects: workshop proceedings: Novel Energy for the Regenerative Built Environment: Technical and Managerial Aspects, 3-6 March 2014, Istanbul Technical Uni. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE, pp. 57-61. ISBN 9780992887803

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Raised access floor panels currently have a chipboard core and are encapsulated within thin layer of galvanised steel. Two key problems with these raised access floor panels are that they are heavy because of the chipboard and expensive, as the cost of steel has increased significantly over the past few years. The consequence of the raised access floor panel’s mass is that they are difficult to handle, they are expensive to transport and they add considerably to the load on a structures foundation. Glass fibre filled epoxy of floor panels were designed and optimised to achieve lighter weights without compromising their strength using Altair Hypermesh software. A material weight reduction of the glass fibre filled epoxy floor panel was achieved by optimised design of the panes using an evolutionary structural optimisation (ESO) method and the introduction of panel ribs. The lighter weight of new raised floors panel would have a significant impact on the loadings of buildings foundation and allow architects to reduce the carbon footprint of a building resulting in reduced construction costs. In addition, a reduction in the weight of the new raised access floor panels would reduce the transportation costs of the panels.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Cheah, H.C.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780992887803
Rights: Copyright © The Authors 2015.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 11 Mar 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:25

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