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The Numerical Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Embedded Discontinuities

R. Costa1, J. Alfaiate2

1 ADEC, EST-UALg, Faro, Portugal
2 ICIST and IST, Lisbon, Portugal

Structural Durability & Health Monitoring 2006, 2(1), 11-18.


In this paper a numerical simulation is performed on the behaviour of reinforced concrete beams, submitted to initial damage, subsequently strengthened with external steel plates bonded with epoxy. Modelling these structures requires the characterization of the behaviour of different materials as well as the connection between them. Fracture is modelled within the scope of a discrete crack approach, using a formulation in which strong discontinuities are embedded in the finite elements. In this approach, the displacement field is truly discontinuous and the jumps are non-homogeneous within each parent element [Alfaiate, Wells and Sluys (2000)].


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Costa, R., Alfaiate, J. (2006). The Numerical Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Embedded Discontinuities. Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, 2(1), 11–18.

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