The Master Thesis was discussed in the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Kufa, entitled: “Effect of Reinforced Concrete Rotational Capacity on Plastic Hinge Performance Applied to Extreme Loads” for the student Samer Abd Al-Ilah Al-Athari from the Department of Civil Engineering. The discussion committee consisted of Prof. Dr. Maysar Muhammad Jumah from the Faculty of Engineering, Tikrit University as Chair, Assistant Professor Dr. Haider Saleh Hasan from the Faculty of Engineering, Kufa University as a member, Assistant Professor Dr. Ahmed Abdel Jalil Jassem from the Faculty Engineering, the University of Kufa as a member, and Assistant Professor Dr. Ali Naji Attia from the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Kufa as a member and supervisor.
Dr. Ali Naji, the supervisor of the thesis, mentioned the development of a unified approach to estimate the rotational capacity of plastic hinges in reinforced concrete structures applied to the earthquake and explosive loads, while the analytical method was developed to be a standardized method used in both seismic and explosive loads.
The researcher said that the factors affecting the resistance of structural members to severe loads were studied using the unified approach, noting an improvement in the rotational capacity of the plastic hinge due to confinement with the use of rods, more clearly for seismic loads compared to blast loads. By increasing the tangential reinforcement ratio, the increase in the compressive strength of the concrete from the rotational capacity of the plastic hinge will increase for blast loads and seismic loads. As for the rotation capacity of the plastic hinge, it is decreased by increasing the longitudinal strengthening ratio () of the blast.
After the discussion committee recorded its observations on the thesis, which was divided between explanation and correction, the student’s defense of his thesis, and the end of the discussion, the committee went to evaluate the thesis and decided to award the student a master’s degree in civil engineering with a major in construction.
Congratulations to the Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering … Congratulations to the student obtaining a master’s degree.