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Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 589–609 | Cite as

Modelling of creep in continuous RC beams under high levels of sustained loading

  • Ehab HamedEmail author
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Abstract

A nonlinear theoretical model is developed in this paper for the long-term analysis of continuous reinforced concrete beams. The model accounts for creep, cracking, nonlinear behaviour in compression, shrinkage, aging, yielding of the reinforcement. The constitutive relations follow the modified principle of superposition, which are presented in the form of nonlinear rheological generalized Maxwell models with strain and time dependent springs and dashpots that account for material nonlinearity and aging of the concrete. The governing equations are presented in an incremental form, and are solved through a step-by-step algorithm in time along with the numerical shooting method for the solution along the beam. An iterative procedure is implemented at each time step for the determination of the rigidities and the creep strains. The capabilities of the model are demonstrated through numerical examples. The results show that creep and shrinkage have various influences on the structural response, and they may decrease the load carrying capacity and the factor of safety of continuous reinforced concrete beams with time.

Keywords

Beam Concrete Creep Nonlinear Shrinkage Viscoelasticity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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