, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 1493–1512 | Cite as

Evaluation of the capacity surfaces of reinforced concrete sections: Eurocode versus a plasticity-based approach

  • Salvatore SessaEmail author
  • Francesco Marmo
  • Luciano Rosati
  • Leonardo Leonetti
  • Giovanni Garcea
  • Raffaele Casciaro
Novel Computational Approaches to Old and New Problems in Mechanics


The classical Eurocode-compliant ultimate limit state (ULS) analysis of reinforced concrete sections is investigated in the paper with the aim of verifying if and how this well-established design procedure can be related to plasticity theory. For this reason, a comparative analysis concerning capacity surfaces of reinforced concrete cross sections, computed via a ULS procedure and a limit analysis approach, is presented. To this end, a preliminary qualitative discussion outlines modeling assumptions aiming to reproduce the physical behavior of reinforced concrete cross sections with respect to ductility and confinement issues. Besides the theoretical importance of the proposed approach, numerical experiments prove that limit analysis yields not only very accurate results but also a computationally effective procedure that can be affordably used in common design practice.


Ultimate limit state Reinforced concrete Limit analysis Capacity surface 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structures for Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Modellistica, Elettronica e SistemisticaUniversitá della CalabriaRendeItaly

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