Masters Theses


"As a result of some recent failures in reinforced concrete construction throughout the United States, a study was made by several national authorities to find some remedial measures of strengthening existing structures without rebuilding. A system was developed, using high strength steel bands applied externally to beams, to act as stirrups, which has been highly successful. It not only greatly increased the strength of beams already in place but was used to repair members which had already failed.

The application of these bands was made under very exact specifications, using closely controlled procedures, with many physical refinements, in order to obtain a high degree of efficiency. Furthermore, the materials and tools employed were of special design, not readily available on the open market, that had to be specially procured direct from the manufacturer.

This author wanted to know if the above special tools and equipment were not available, could ordinary strapping material of lesser strength be used and still get acceptable results.

This study indicates a strength of a satisfactory and acceptable degree may be achieved by using common materials applied in an ordinary manner without the refinements established by previous investigations"--Abstract, page ii.


Carlton, E. W.

Committee Member(s)

Best, John, 1925-2015
Atchley, B. L. (Bill L.)
Lloyd, Samuel Horace, Jr.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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viii, 60 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 58).


© 1961 John O. Buchanan, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Reinforced concrete -- Testing
Concrete beams -- Testing
Steel straps -- Testing

Thesis Number

T 1304

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