COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE REINFORCED STEEL BARS OBTAINED FROM A FAILED RESIDENTIAL BUILDING AND THE SHELVES

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Oluwatoyin Olaseinde
O. Ajanaku
O. M. Ojo
S. O. Seidu

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Nigeria is a developing nation, the need to build structures is on high rise. The rate of structure failure and building collapse is also on the rise. This paper presents a comparative study on Mechanical Properties of Reinforced steel bars obtained from the shelves, and that obtained from the failed structure of a residential building which is then compared to International standard NO-432 . Steels are main reinforcing materials for most structural buildings, but when the integrity is compromised, it leads to devastating consequences. The quality of concrete and steel reinforcement must be such that has appropriate yield strength so that the structure can sustain the require load within the required time interval. The Ultimate Tensile Strength and percentage elongation of the steel bars obtained from the two sources were investigated. One of the sources was a reinforcing bar used in Millennium Estate, Mary Land, Lagos State, Nigeria. The steel bar samples of sizes 10mm and 16mm diameter were subjected to mechanical testing using a universal testing machine. The percentage elongation met with the standards while the 16mm samples are below the standards for both the failed structure and shelves.

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