The design of steel-reinforced concrete relies on lower-bound plasticity theory, which allows an equilibrium-state to be postulated without considering compatibility. This is of particular benefit in shear design, due to the complexity of shear-transfer, where simplified models such as the truss analogy are used. Lower-bound plasticity theory, however, relies on stress-redistribution. If brittle reinforcement such as fiber-reinforced-plastic (FRP) is used in concrete, lower-bound plasticity theory cannot be applied. This paper studies how compatibility, equilibrium, and the material constitutive laws can be combined to establish the actual conditions within an FRP-reinforced beam subjected to shear. A crack-based analysis is proposed to model shear failure in a beam with brittle reinforcement. The analysis is used to illustrate the importance of satisfying compatibility requirements, and the results are contrasted with the current shear design proposals for FRP-reinforced concrete.


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  • Accession Number: 00964616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2003 12:00AM