Structural Engineering Trivia Questions

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Structural Engineering Trivia Questions

Below are some Structural Engineering Trivia Questions that are perfect for testing out just how skilled you are as a structural engineer. In your field of work, you will be expected to design structures and act as a consultant for architects and contractors. Take up the interesting questions and get to see just how skilled you are. All the best!


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  • 1. 
    Alternative way of providing a 90 degree hook bend on a 36mm bar without the use of a machine bender?
    • A. 

      Heating the bar for easy bending

    • B. 

      Cutting a piece of bar and welding it 90 degree on vertical bar

    • C. 

      Bending two smaller diameter bars which are equivalent to 36mm bar manually

  • 2. 
    A type of half-lapped joint that resists tension?
    • A. 

      Lock splice

    • B. 

      Scarf splice

    • C. 

      Square splice

  • 3. 
    Cutting of concrete pouring on a beam should be?
    • A. 

      Perpendicular to the span

    • B. 

      Parallel to the span

    • C. 

      Diagonally across the span

  • 4. 
    Refer to the portion of a beam where bending moment changes from positive to negative?
    • A. 

      Inflection point

    • B. 

      Mid point

    • C. 

      Top beam

  • 5. 
    Support used in steel decking?
    • A. 

      Scaffolding

    • B. 

      Bracing system

    • C. 

      Props

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Tie bar

    • B. 

      Web

    • C. 

      Lateral ties

  • 7. 
    If the riser is 18cm, find the tread width using riser / tread proportion formula (R) (T) = 75?
    • A. 

      26.88 cm

    • B. 

      28.66 cm

    • C. 

      32.68 cm

  • 8. 
    Specification of wide flange as W-12x24 means?
    • A. 

      Width and height

    • B. 

      Weight and height

    • C. 

      Thickness x width x height

  • 9. 
    This is used for extending 32mm reinforcing bars?
    • A. 

      Coupler

    • B. 

      Splicing

    • C. 

      Plate

  • 10. 
    Using 1/2" thk. Plywood and 2' x 3' formworks, what is the economical section of a column?
    • A. 

      500mmx500 mm

    • B. 

      600x600 mm

    • C. 

      700x700 mm

  • 11. 
    Inclined structural member that supports the steps of a stair?
    • A. 

      Flight

    • B. 

      Curtain step

    • C. 

      Carriage

  • 12. 
    Rigid connection or anchorage at support of a beam?
    • A. 

      Restraint

    • B. 

      Pre-stressed

    • C. 

      Tied beam

  • 13. 
    What is the thickness of a two way slab with a dimension of 5000x6000 mm?
    • A. 

      100mm

    • B. 

      122mm

    • C. 

      150mm

  • 14. 
    Width of prestressed beam with a span of 8.0 m on light loadings?
    • A. 

      250mm

    • B. 

      500mm

    • C. 

      400mm

  • 15. 
    Street line elevation is +10.00m, the reference point is 2.00m above street line, the natural grade line is 3.00 below the reference point. Column footing depth is 2.00m from the natural grade line. What is the elevation of the foundation bed?
    • A. 

      +9.00m

    • B. 

      +5.00m

    • C. 

      +7.00m

  • 16. 
    If the water content of the soil is high, what is to ideal way to do with the footing?
    • A. 

      Deeper

    • B. 

      Wider

    • C. 

      Thicker

  • 17. 
    In precast construction, bearing pad used for joint that rely on gravity by placing a beam on a corbel of a column?
    • A. 

      Synthetic rubber

    • B. 

      High density plastic

    • C. 

      padding foam

  • 18. 
    Jack rafter between the hip and the valley rafters?
    • A. 

      Hip jack rafter

    • B. 

      Cripple jack rafter

    • C. 

      Valley jack rafter

  • 19. 
    Providing bolts on two girders within the span should have?
    • A. 

      Concrete spacer

    • B. 

      Slipper

    • C. 

      Wood block

  • 20. 
    Stone placed on a slope to prevent erosion?
    • A. 

      Rip rap

    • B. 

      Flag stone

    • C. 

      Border stone

  • 21. 
    Used to hold horizontal batten on top of corrugated sheathing?
    • A. 

      Corrugated G.I. sheet

    • B. 

      Batten nail

    • C. 

      Vertical batten

  • 22. 
    Distributes the load of the column equally among the piles?
    • A. 

      Footing

    • B. 

      Pile cap

    • C. 

      Pile foundation

  • 23. 
    Reinforcing bars provided within the span of two columns on combined footing?
    • A. 

      Top bar

    • B. 

      Web bars

    • C. 

      Temperature bars

  • 24. 
    A joint between adjacent parts of a structure which permits movement between them?
    • A. 

      Control joint

    • B. 

      Construction joint

    • C. 

      Contraction joint

  • 25. 
    The distance between inflection point in the column when it breaks?
    • A. 

      Developed length

    • B. 

      Effective length

    • C. 

      Equivalent length

  • 26. 
    Stiffener provided between a span of two bottom chords?
    • A. 

      Cross bracing

    • B. 

      Box strut

    • C. 

      bridging

  • 27. 
    Technical term referring to earthquakes?
    • A. 

      Forces

    • B. 

      Seismic

    • C. 

      Forensic

  • 28. 
    Reinforcement on column footing?
    • A. 

      Traverse bars

    • B. 

      main bars

    • C. 

      Temperature bars

  • 29. 
    Surface provided by a zocalo and drop wall?
    • A. 

      Spandrels

    • B. 

      Curtain wall

    • C. 

      Facade

  • 30. 
    Which of the following is not a material used as a beam?
    • A. 

      Concrete

    • B. 

      Steel

    • C. 

      Timber

    • D. 

      PVC

  • 31. 
    When rust is present in structural steel, it can be remedied by?
    • A. 

      Scraping the rust off using steel brush

    • B. 

      Coating with rust converter

    • C. 

      Hot dipping process

    • D. 

      Solignum rust proof

  • 32. 
    Why round columns are better that other shape?
    • A. 

      Have the same radius of gyration on all sides

    • B. 

      Clean detail and accepts good lighting effect

    • C. 

      Form works can be use more repeatedly than other shapes

  • 33. 
    What is the shape of a metal tube?
    • A. 

      Semi-rounded cube

    • B. 

      Square

    • C. 

      Octagonal

    • D. 

      Rounded section

  • 34. 
    What is the most important determinant of concrete strength?
    • A. 

      Cement

    • B. 

      Water

    • C. 

      Gravel

  • 35. 
    What do you call the point wherein material is about to Rupture?
    • A. 

      Ultimate strength

    • B. 

      Inflection point

    • C. 

      Point of breaking

  • 36. 
    Structural Member, whose function is to transfer the loads from a Building Safely into the Ground?
    • A. 

      Column

    • B. 

      Beam

    • C. 

      Footing

  • 37. 
    It is the Depth below ground Water level multiplied by the Weight of Water?
    • A. 

      Soil bearing pressure

    • B. 

      Hydrostatic pressure

    • C. 

      Water pressure equilibrium

  • 38. 
    What happens to short columns?
    • A. 

      Elongates

    • B. 

      Buckles

    • C. 

      Deform

  • 39. 
    Ideal height of the steel column for high for mid or high rise building?
    • A. 

      1 storey's high

    • B. 

      2 storey's high

    • C. 

      3 storey's high

  • 40. 
    Ideal height of the "steel column joint line" from finished floor level?
    • A. 

      50 cm 50 cm

    • B. 

      Waist high

    • C. 

      150 cm

    • D. 

      210 cm