Thursday, January 11, 2018

Plastic model for asymmetrically loaded reinforced concrete slabs

My colleagues and I recently published a paper titled "Plastic model for asymmetrically loaded reinforced concrete slabs" in a Special Publication of the ACI, ACI-SP 321 "Recent Developments in Two-Way Slabs: Design, Analysis, Construction, and Evaluation". This SP is the result of a session held at the ACI Fall Convention in 2015.

You can purchase the SP through the ACI website.

The abstract of our paper is as follows:

Most methods for the design and analysis of reinforced concrete slabs for punching are based on experiments on slab-column connections, reflecting the situation in building slabs. Slab-column connections with unbalanced moments have also been studied in the past. Experiments indicate that the accuracy of models for asymmetrically loaded slabs is lower than for symmetrically loaded slabs. In this paper, the difference in accuracy between test predictions for symmetrically and asymmetrically loaded slabs is tackled. A plastic model, the Extended Strip Model, is proposed. The results of maximum loads according to this model are compared to experimental results of symmetrically and asymmetrically loaded slabs. The comparison between the proposed Extended Strip Model and the experimental results shows that the model has a consistent performance for both symmetrically and asymmetrically loaded slabs. Moreover, the model has as an advantage that it combines the failure modes of flexure, shear and punching. The proposed model can be used for the analysis of slabs. In particular, it can be used for the assessment of existing slab bridges subjected to concentrated live loads.

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