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Failure-mode-hierarchy-based design for reinforced concrete structures

Neocleous, K., Pilakoutas, K. and Guadagnini, M. (2005) Failure-mode-hierarchy-based design for reinforced concrete structures. Structural Concrete, 6 (1). pp. 23-32. ISSN 1464-4177


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Innovations in concrete construction can be held back by the inability of codes of practice to accommodate new materials. The current design and safety philosophy (DSP) of reinforced concrete relies heavily on the properties of steel reinforcement. The need to embrace new materials, such as fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement, led to an in-depth examination of the DSP of European concrete codes of practice and resulted in a new philosophy, presented in this paper. The basis of the new philosophy remains the limit-state design and achievement of target notional structural reliability levels, but aims at the attainment of a desired failure mode hierarchy. The implementation of the philosophy, through a proposed framework, utilises the concept of average measure of closeness for the determination of appropriate material partial safety factors. An example of the application of the proposed framework is presented for FRP reinforcement. © 2005 Thomas Telford and fib.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Thomas Telford. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Structual Concrete.
Keywords: Accident prevention; Compressive strength; Failure analysis; Hierarchical systems; Parameter estimation; Probability; Reliability, Flexural behavior; Safety factors; Shear resistance; Target levels, Reinforced concrete
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Cement and Concrete (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Prof Kypros Pilakoutas
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 16:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:30
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/stco.
Status: Published
Publisher: Thomas Telford
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42810

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