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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 102
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL, STRUCTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and P. Iványi
Paper 176

Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Beams Externally Strengthened with a Hybrid Combination of Basalt and Carbon FRP Sheets

S. Choobbor, R. Hawileh and J. Abdalla

Department of Civil Engineering
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
S. Choobbor, R. Hawileh, J. Abdalla, "Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Beams Externally Strengthened with a Hybrid Combination of Basalt and Carbon FRP Sheets", in B.H.V. Topping, P. Iványi, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 176, 2013. doi:10.4203/ccp.102.176
Keywords: finite element, reinforced concrete beams, flexural behavior, hybrid sheets, CFRP, BFRP.

Summary
This paper discusses the benefits of recent enhancements introduced into a partitioned mesoscale modelling approach for brick-masonry structures. These include the use of master-slave coupling and hierarchic features which enable the improvement of efficiency, especially in the analysis of large masonry components. In particular, the new enhancements enable a reduction in the number of nodes at the parent structure and the use of multi-level partitions to distribute the computational load uniformly to the different processors used in parallel. Some numerical examples, including a comparative analysis on the elastic response of a large masonry wall and the nonlinear simulation of a realistic heterogeneous system under extreme loading, are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed modelling strategy.

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