Computational Aspects

by Nenad Bićanić, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
René de Borst, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Walter Gerstle, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Dave W. Murray, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Victor Saouma, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Kaspar J. Willam, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,
Jun Yamazaki, Univ College of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures II

Abstract: In the past, two distinctly different approaches - smeared and discrete failure models have been adopted to describe failure mechanisms in plain and reinforced concrete structures. Although many fundamental issues remain to be resolved before a unified approach towards failure processes will emerge we may safely conclude: (i) the smeared failure approach is suited best to describe progressive cracking in RFCS up to the formation of a localized failure mechanism, and (ii) the discrete failure approach is suited best to describe the progression of discrete failure mechanisms in the post-peak regime. In that way, the two methods do complement rather than compete with each other in response regimes for which they were not conceived originally.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Material failures | Reinforced concrete | Cracking | Numerical methods | Construction methods | Structural failures | Structure reinforcement

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