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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 5, Number 3, June 2008 , pages 243-260
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/cac.2008.5.3.243
 


Characteristic features of concrete behaviour: Implications for the development of an engineering finite-element tool
Michael D. Kotsovos, Milija N. Pavlovic and Demetrios M. Cotsovos

 
Abstract
    The present article summarises the fundamental characteristics 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 the experimental data which reveals good agreement. Such evidence validates the material characteristics upon which the FE model
 
Key Words
    brittle behaviour; concrete; constitutive law; static (monotonic and cyclic) and dynamic (earthquake and impact) loading; nonlinear finite element analysis; structural concrete.
 
Address
Michael D. Kotsovos; Laboratory of Concrete Structures, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Milija N. Pavlovic and Demetrios M. Cotsovos; epartment of Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London, USA
 

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