Plates and FEM pp 251-274 | Cite as

Handling Peak Moments

  • Johan Blaauwendraad
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 171)


This chapter is devoted to the subject of local peaks in moment distributions. These occur on top of columns and at receding walls, and for more than one reason structural engineers do not know how to handle them. It is not clear how seriously such peaks must be taken, and how they can be smoothed. An additional problem is the dependency on the mesh fineness; the finer the mesh, the higher the peak. So, the engineer may think to be punished for being serious. This chapter intends to provide practical hints on choosing mesh fineness and designing reinforcement.


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emeritus of Structural MechanicsDelft University of TechnologyEdeThe Netherlands

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