Constitutive modelling of concrete behaviour: need for reappraisal

Demetrios M Cotsovos, Michael D Kotsovos

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    The present article summarises the fundamental properties of concrete behaviour which underlie the formulation of an engineering finite element model capable of realistically predicting the behaviour of (plain or reinforced) concrete structural forms in a wide range of problems ranging from static to impact loading without the need of any kind of re-calibration. The already published evidence supporting the proposed formulation is complemented by four additional typical case studies presented herein; for each case, a comparative study is carried out between numerical predictions and experimental data which reveal good agreement. Such evidence validates the material characteristics upon which the FE model’s formulation is based and provides an alternative explanation regarding the behaviour of structural concrete and how it should be modelled which contradicts the presently (widely) accepted assumptions adopted in the majority of FE models used to predict the behaviour of concrete.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Methods in Earthquake Engineering
    EditorsManolis Papadrakakis, Michalis Fragiadakis, Nikos D Lagaros
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-0053-6
    ISBN (Print)978-94-007-0052-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameComputational Methods in Applied Sciences
    ISSN (Print)1871-3033


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