Compressive Force-Path Method

Unified Ultimate Limit-State Design of Concrete Structures

  • Michael D┬áKotsovos

Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 219-221

About this book


This book presents a method which simplifies and unifies the design of reinforced concrete (RC) structures and is applicable to any structural element under both normal and seismic loading conditions. The proposed method has a sound theoretical basis and is expressed in a unified form applicable to all structural members, as well as their connections. It is applied in practice through the use of simple failure criteria derived from first principles without the need for calibration through the use of experimental data. The method is capable of predicting not only load-carrying capacity but also the locations and modes of failure, as well as safeguarding the structural performance code requirements.
In this book, the concepts underlying the method are first presented for the case of simply supported RC beams. The application of the method is progressively extended so as to cover all common structural elements. For each structural element considered, evidence of the validity of the proposed method is presented together with design examples and comparisons with current code specifications. The method has been found to produce design solutions which satisfy the seismic performance requirements of current codes in all cases investigated to date, including structural members such as beams, columns, and walls, beam-to-beam or column-to-column connections, and beam-to-column joints.


Design Earthquake-resistant Structures Reinforced Concrete Structures Structural Assessment Upgrading/Repair/Strengthening

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael D┬áKotsovos
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  1. 1.School of Civil Engineering Reinforced Concrete StructuresNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00487-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00488-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-1317
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-1212
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