Modelling crack propagation in reinforced concrete using a hybrid finite element-scaled boundary finite element method

ET Ooi, James Yang

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Abstract

A previously developed hybrid finite element–scaled boundary finite element method (FEM–SBFEM) is extended to model multiple cohesive crack propagation in reinforced concrete. This hybrid method can efficiently extract accurate stress intensity factors from the semi-analytical solutions of SBFEM and is also flexible in remeshing multiple cracks. Crack propagation in the concrete bulk is modelled by automatically inserted cohesive interface elements with nonlinear softening laws. The concrete–reinforcement interaction is also modelled by cohesive interface elements. The bond shear stress–slip relation of CEB-FIP Model Code 90 and an empirical confining stress–crack opening relation are used to characterise slip and split failure at the concrete–reinforcement interface, respectively. Three RC beams were simulated. The numerical results agreed well with both experimental and numerical results available in the literature. Parametric studies demonstrated the importance of modelling both slip and split failure mechanisms at the concrete–reinforcement interface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-273
Number of pages22
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Volume78
Issue number2
Early online date13 Aug 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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