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Analysis and Modeling of Energy Demand System in Iran’s Buildings and the Industry

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In this study, the demand of the Iran’s energy carriers is analyzed and modeled for the country’s largest consumer, buildings and related industries, in the status quo and future perspective. To this objective, the building sector is divided into two sections: household section (residential buildings) and services (business-office and service buildings) according to the ISIC classification that each of these sections is divided into sub-sections. In addition, building-related industries include some non-metallic minerals and basic metals industries. Regarding to scenario-based energy planning helps to increase the understanding of different probabilities in the future. The future outlook for the system is modeled with the horizon of 2035 with the LEAP modeling tool in the “reference” scenario, indicating the sustainability of the existing energy system in the future. The results of modeling indicate an increasing demand for energy as expected that energy demand carriers in buildings and related industries from 559.8 million barrels in 2014 reach up to 1040.6 million barrels of crude oil equivalents in 2035. Therefore, in order to reduce energy consumption, solutions are modeled and analyzed according to the scenarios for “Improvement of energy consumption in buildings and related industries”, then the greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental effects are investigated.

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Appraisal of Real Estate with Various Functions in the Context of Sustainable Development

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The value of a piece of real estate depends on the purpose it is used for and on its function in planning documents. Unfortunately, current land development trends and the provisions of the law that are applicable in these documents often lead to real estate with heterogeneous functions. The valuation of such properties requires a special approach. One method is to divide the prices of real estate similar to the appraised real estate into components that correspond to areas with certain functions. The aim of this paper is to present statistical methods that can facilitate such a solution. The valuation models (parametric and conditional) presented in this article come from geodetic methods for the reconciliation of results. The presented calculations suggest that it is necessary to verify whether the heterogeneous functions of real estate should be considered in its appraisal.

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The Comparison of Laboratory Tests and Numerical Analysis of Pressure and Tension Bearing Capacities of the New System of Microbulb and Micropile System on Clay in Shiraz, Iran

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In recent years, the implementations of Micropiles have been increased extensively in large project constructions due to the unique advantages of this method comparing to concrete piles. The results of numerical analysis and centrifuge tests show that the efficiency and importance of micropiles can be considered as an effective solution. This research is designed to compare the newly designed system of microbulb with micropile applying a numerical modeling with finite element software Plaxis 3D foundation v1.6. We also used the FHWA code for a comparative study between micropiles and microbulbs. Then the effective factors were analyzed in order to decide which method is better between these two methods of micropile and microbulb. The results showed that the new microbulb system is an appropriate solution for improvement of mechanical properties of the soil, increase of bearing capacity and settlement decrease.

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Effect of Micro Polypropylene Fibre on the Performance of Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Concrete

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Geopolymer offers significant promise to the construction world as a possible alternative to ordinary Portland cement (OPC). Like conventional Portland cement concrete, the matrix brittleness in geopolymer composites can be reduced by introducing suitable fibre reinforcement. A few investigations on fibre reinforced geopolymer composites are available. However there is still a gap to comprehend and enhance their performance. This paper describes the effect of incorporating micro polypropylene fibres on the strength and durability characteristics of geopolymer concrete. The engineering and durability properties like workability, compressive strength, split tensile strength, flexural strength, modulus of elasticity, and sorptivity of geopolymer concrete reinforced with micro polypropylene fibres is presented. The effect of the sulfuric acid attack on Geopolymer Concrete reinforced with micro polypropylene fibres is also discussed. The results show that hydrophobic characteristics of the micro polypropylene fibre led to weak contact with the geopolymer binder and hence weakened the mechanical performance of the fly ash based geopolymer matrix. However significant improvements in durability properties were noted.

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Evaluating Enjoyment of Urban Regions Through Innovative City Indicators with An Emphasis on Social and Cultural Indicators (A Case Study: Tabriz Metropolis)

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This research aims to define the degree of enjoyment in regions of Tabriz metropolis through innovative city indicators with an emphasis on the social and cultural indicators. In terms of practical purposes, the present study is of applied research type, and in terms of the nature of methodology, it is a comparative research. In this research, Shannon entropy method for weighing criteria is used to determine the weight of each of the indices under study, and a TOPSIS technique is applied in order to rank the regions of Tabriz metropolis to create the innovative city. Emphasizing on the social and cultural indicators, the findings of the research show that region 8 tops the ranking list and region 10 is ranked the last in terms of enjoyment through innovative city indicators. The result of this research indicates that the social and cultural indicators are not distributed equitably to fit well into an innovative city concept, and there is a focus on spatial distribution of indicators. Moreover, the results of this research indicate the incompatibility of the distribution of social and cultural indicators with the distribution of population across the city. Therefore, since innovation is the key to the development and expansion of cities as well as the equitable and rational distribution of services and facilities necessary for development and progress, the fair distribution of social and cultural indicators is essential for the realization of an innovative city.

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Indoor Climate Simulation in a Church During Winter Season

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In the paper is presented a heating system installed in church and the interior climate generated. Thermal Comfort is the purpose of each designer, since the design stage and has to be ensure for the churchgoers, but even for the interior finishes. The heating system that uses hydronic radiators is evaluated trough the CFD modelling, in order to evaluate pro and contra arguments. The simulation has been made in a 3d simulation software environment, in Autodesk CFD with good results.

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Influence of Agricultural Waste Ash as Pozzolana on the Physical Properties and Compressive Strength of Cement Mortar

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The increasing demand in cement has inspired researchers in both developed and developing countries around the world to explore and consider alternative materials as partial replacement of cement both in concrete and in mortar. In this study, the influence of agricultural waste, particularly corn cob ash, (CCA) as pozzolanic material or supplementary cementitious material (SCM) on the physical properties and compressive strength of cement mortar was investigated. CCA was used as partial replacement of cement ranging from 0% to 20% by weight at water-cementitious ratio of 0.6 and mix proportion of 1 cementitious: 3 fillers. The physical properties evaluated for the mortar paste were setting time and consistency; and compressive strength of hardened mortar cube. The chemical analysis of CCA was conducted, and results indicated that the CCA used in this study is classified as Class C pozzolana with combined SiO2 + Al2O3 + Fe2O3 of 55.86%. The addition of CCA increases the initial and final setting time. The study also revealed that the addition of CCA in the mortar mix reduces the plasticity or fluidity of the paste. Further, the result indicated that the compressive strength of mortars with CCA decreased as the amount of CCA replacements increased in the mixture. The mortar pastes with varying amount of cement replacements, however, are superior for use as mortar for masonry construction.

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Investigating the Effect of Aeration on the Flow Characteristics Around Under Pressure Tunnel Aerator Using Openfoam Open Source Software

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The flow around the ramp embedded in a pressurized tunnel is divided into the various zones immediately downstream of the ramp, including the cavity and the main zone of flow above the shear layer. The aeration coefficient of the flow from the lower surface (inside the cavity)(βlower) is a function of non-dimensional numbers which aerator geometry parameters such as cavity length to ramp height Lc/tr is considered as one of the most important parameters. Therefore, in the present study, OpenFOAM software and RNG k-ε turbulence model were used to simulate the flow to study the aeration effect on flow characteristics, so the range of aeration coefficient as 0%<β<10% for four ramps with different tr/d ratios is Applied, then by increasing the aeration coefficient in the range of 0%<β<16%, The dependency range of relative Cavity length Lc/tr to (β) was evaluated. In order to verify performance of the numerical model, experimental results of Manafpour test were used. The results of the research indicate that in the aeration of flow with aerator ramp, the height of ramp has more influence relative to ramp angle. Moreover the main Effectiveness of the aeration coefficient on the cavity length was limited to air percent less than 10%.

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Investigation of Fatigue Damage in General, Prestress, and Concrete Beam Reinforced with FRP Sheets and Concrete Beam Influenced By Mix Beam Under Periodic Load in Linear and Nonlinear Phase

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Reinforcement of concrete components using FRP is one of the new strengthening methods that replaces old methods such as steel or concrete reinforcement. In spite of the extensive research on numerical analysis (limited components) of the behavior of components of reinforced concrete, few studies have been done on components of prestress concrete and its components limited modelling. In this study, using the Abaqus software, the behavior of four samples of concrete beams under periodic load, including original, prestress, reinforced with FRP sheets and influenced by both prestress and reinforced with FRP sheets (mix beam) was modelled. Prestress in structural fatigue showed that in both loading and unloading conditions, the prestress beam is more strength than the original beam.

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Investigations of the Influence of Polystyrene Foamed Granules on the Properties of Lightweight Concrete

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This paper deals with the behaviour of cement paste upon the addition of crushed polystyrene foam. Crushed polystyrene foam waste with a fill density of 13.97 kg/m3 and hydrated lime were used to prepare the foam. Three different types of samples S-1, S-2, and S-3 were prepared to observe the behaviour of cement pastes after the addition of different doses of foam in constant water/cement ratio. The volumetric ratio of EPS and cement paste were 1: 1.294; 1: 0.863; and 1: 0.647. In each type of sample, 0.28 water/cement ratio is maintained. Slump test was carried out in the fresh state and it has been found slump value was decreasing by increasing foam content in concrete sample. On the 7th and 28th day of curing process, the compressive strength test was carried out. Compressive strength and density of concrete samples also decreasing by addition of higher foam content. In addition, water absorption test and microscopic analysis tests were carried out on the 28th day of curing process. It has been found from the study that samples thermal conductivity is working proportionally.

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