Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Extended Strip Model for slabs subjected to load combinations



My coauthors and myself recently published a paper in Engineering Structures, titled "Extended Strip Model for slabs subjected to load combinations". You can download this paper free of access charges until July 1, 2017 via this link.

The abstract of the paper is the following:
The loads that are used for the assessment of existing reinforced concrete slab bridges are the self-weight, superimposed loads, and distributed and concentrated live loads. As such, the shear capacity of reinforced concrete slabs under a combination of distributed and concentrated live loads is a topic of practical relevance. For slabs subjected to a single concentrated load, a plastic model for assessment exists: the Extended Strip Model, developed based on the Strip Model for concentric punching shear. A further adaptation of the model to assess slabs subjected to distributed and concentrated loads is presented in this paper. The proposed model is compared to experiments on slabs subjected to a single concentrated load and a line load. The conclusion of this comparison is that the Extended Strip Model results in a safe estimate of the maximum concentrated load on the slab, and that the method can be used for the assessment of existing bridges subjected to heavy truck loads.

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