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Title: Building crack evaluation program for the identification of its causes

Authors: T. Barkavi; C. Natarajan

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, 620015, India ' Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, 620015, India

Abstract: Cracking has become a standard type of problem in all buildings. The reason behind the cause of the crack in every component of building should be necessarily understood. Though the occurrence of crack in the building cannot be nullified but can be controlled and even prevented. Every individual has a wish for a house which is structurally sound and safe coupled with good aesthetics. This is becoming really hard nowadays. This research focuses on the development of an evaluation program for the identification of the crack causes which can be even used by a novice. The evaluation program consists of a separate user-form for all building components. The user-form has simple yes/no questions and photographs to help the user in answering the questions. Along with the causes, the Health Index was also evaluated.

Keywords: cracks; health index; user interface; forward chaining; concrete building.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFE.2018.10015249

International Journal of Forensic Engineering, 2018 Vol.4 No.1, pp.20 - 30

Received: 28 Sep 2017
Accepted: 30 Dec 2017

Published online: 13 Aug 2018 *

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