Simplified FE model for RC structures under earthquakes

Demetrios Cotsovos, Milija Pavlovic

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    This paper presents work that is an extension of a nonlinear finite-element model with proved capacity for yielding realistic predictions of the response of
    reinforced-concrete (RC) structures under static monotonic and cyclic loading.1,2 The material model adopted is simpler than most models in current use, and it relies essentially on three key properties: triaxiality, brittleness and independency of both loading rate and load path.3 The existing nonlinear finite-element program for static loads is presently modified to extend its use for the solution of nonlinear dynamic problems, and the resulting package is employed to investigate the behaviour of RC structures under earthquake loading. The aim of the presented case studies is to illustrate the numerical stability of the nonlinear scheme and its ability to provide realistic predictions through a comparative study between numerical and experimental data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number14022
    Pages (from-to)87–102
    Number of pages16
    JournalProceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


    • concrete structures
    • Seismic engineering
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)


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