Finite Element Analysis of Punching Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Structures

by Moujalli Hourani, Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO, USA,
Thomas G. Harmon, Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO, USA,
Phillip L. Gould, Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


The analysis of reinforced concrete structures using up-to-date computer graphic capabilities is presented. A wide range of linear and nonlinear problems are the subject of this investigation. Linear analysis of beams, plates, and shells using PATRAN and ANSYS programs are discussed, but special attention is focused on the punching shear strength of concrete plates and shells. Methods for analyzing such structures are demonstrated by several numerical applications to beams, rectangular and circular plates, and shells subjected to different loading and boundary conditions. The results emphasize the utilization of computer graphics in finite element analysis, and demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of commercial finite element programs such as ANSYS in nonlinear analysis of concrete structures.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Linear analysis | Shear strength | Punching shear | Graphic methods | Structure reinforcement | Structural strength

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