Failure Probabilities of Reinforced Concrete Beams

by James F. Costello,
Kuang-Han Chu,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 10, Pg. 2281-2304

Document Type: Journal Paper


The purpose of this study was a rigorous investigation of the probabilistic relationships between the resistance of a reinforced concrete member and the strength of its constituent materials. Attention was centered on the flexural resistance of singly and doubly reinforced beam sections. An assessment of the recommendations of the American Concrete Institute Building Code with respect to variability in material strengths was made. Methodology rather than specific results were stressed in this paper.

Subject Headings: Concrete beams | Material failures | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Load and resistance factor design | Reinforced concrete | Probability | Structural strength

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