College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 09:50:13


Civil Engineering

Honors Course

4300: 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The agriculture industry is always changing. Barn structures are one of the most important aspects of the agriculture industry. As the agriculture industry changes, so does the design and construction of barns. There are many types of barns, but over the last 300 years four of the most prevalent types have been the Bank Barn, Open Span Truss Barn, Hoop Barn, and Transverse Frame Barn. The Bank Barn and Transverse Frame Barn have been popularly built for over 200 years. The Hoop Barn and the Open Span Truss Barn have been recently introduced to the industry, becoming popular within the last 50 years. These four types of barns all have advantages and disadvantages. They vary in efficiency, versatility, cost, constructability, and structural safety. To rank these barns with a definite number in each aspect is not entirely fair, because every barn is built differently based on the intended use. However, general assumptions can be made to rank these four barn types in each aspect. With all comparisons made between barn types, there is not one definite best barn design. Ultimately, the best barn design is based on the business plan and intended use of the farm where the barn resides.

Research Sponsor

Dr. David Roke

First Reader

Dr. Anil Patnaik

Second Reader

Dr. Ala R. Abbas

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ping Yi



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