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A beam element allowing multiple slope discontinuities for RC structures: An application

TitleA beam element allowing multiple slope discontinuities for RC structures: An application
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSpada, A., Hajidehi M.R., and Giambanco G.
JournalIngegneria Sismica
KeywordsBeam elements, Equations of state, Euler Bernoulli beams, Finite element method, Lumped parameter networks, Lumped plasticity model, Maximum dissipations, Nonlinear FEM analysis, Numerical methods, Plastic hinges, plasticity, Reinforced concrete, Slope discontinuities, Thermodynamic approaches

A beam/column element allowing the formation of multiple plastic hinges in columns or beams of a reinforced concrete (RC) framed structure is used in this work to show, through an application, its advantages with respect to conventional lumped plasticity models. Slope discontinuities can be located at any position of an Euler-Bernoulli beam span and not at the two extremes only. The model is in fact written in the framework of a modified lumped plasticity theory, and respectful of a thermodynamic approach. Flow rules and state equations are derived invoking the Theorem of maximum dissipation and using a Bresler's type activation domain. The beam element has already been implemented in a researchoriented code to run nonlinear analyses on RC frames. The discretized loading process is separated, at each step, in two phases: a predictor and a corrector phase. Numerical examples highlight how the new finite element permits to run nonlinear analyses avoiding a mesh refinement. © 2018 Patron Editore S.r.l.


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