Strength Decay in R.C. Beams under Load Reversals

by Charles F. Scribner, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; The Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.,
James K. Wight, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; The Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 861-876

Document Type: Journal Paper


An experimental investigation to determine the effectiveness of intermediate longitudinal reinforcement in limiting shear strength decay of reinforced concrete members is presented. Test specimens consisted of fourteen exterior beam-column subassemblies. Variables included shear stress, percentage of beam transverse reinforcement, percentage of longitudinal reinforcement and shear span to depth ratio in addition to the presence of two layers of intermediate longitudinal reinforcement in half the specimens. Test results indicated that intermediate longitudinal reinforcement provided significant and useable improvement in shear strength retention for members with maximum shear stresses between three and six times the square root of the specified compression strength of concrete.

Subject Headings: Shear strength | Shear stress | Reinforced concrete | Compressive strength | Structural strength | Decomposition | Beams | Load factors

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