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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 108
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 10

A Comparative Study of Models for Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Deep Beams

J. Liu and B. Mihaylov

Department of ArGEnCo, University of Liege, Belgium

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J. Liu, B. Mihaylov, "A Comparative Study of Models for Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Deep Beams", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 10, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.10
Keywords: deep beams, shear capacity, prediction models, parametric study, size effect.

The shear behaviour of deep reinforced concrete beams has been a focus of experimental and analytical studies since the early 1950s, resulting in different approaches for predicting the shear strength of deep beams. This paper compares the main modelling assumptions of these approaches and summarizes the results from validation studies available in the literature. Based on these comparisons, a two-parameter kinematic theory (2PKT) and a mechanical model by Zararis are selected for further evaluation with the help of test series with different experimental variables. It is shown that both approaches predict the trends in beam series with varying shear-span-to-depth ratios, even though the mechanical model overestimates the shear strength of beams without web reinforcement. It is also shown that the two models differ significantly in capturing the effect of transverse reinforcement and the size effect in shear. While the 2PKT accounts for sliding shear failures which limit the effectiveness of transverse reinforcement beyond a certain reinforcement ratio, the mechanical model predicts a monotonic increase of shear strength with the ratio. The 2PKT is also shown to capture the size effect in shear observed in two series of tests well, while the mechanical model neglects this effect.

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