Umudike Journal of Engineering and Technology

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike


PREDICTION OF SHEAR MODULUS OF SAND-LATERITE BLOCKS USING SIMPLEX BASED OPTIMIZATION METHOD

Okere, C. E.
Civil Engineering Department Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Onwuka, D. O.
Civil Engineering Department Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Osadebe, N. N.
Civil Engineering Department University of Nigeria Nsukka



ABSTRACT

With the ever increasing rise in the cost of construction materials, there is an urgent need to introduce low cost materials in construction. This work introduces laterite partially in the production of building blocks (sand-laterite blocks) Shear modulus of the blocks was determined. Simplex based optimization method was adopted in developing a mathematical model for prediction of shear modulus of sand-laterite blocks. The model was subjected to statistical tests which proved its adequacy.



Keywords: Shear modulus, sand-laterite blocks, simplex, model, optimisation


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Published
Friday, December 18, 2015

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Vol. 1 No. 2, DEC 2015

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