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By Prof. Abdelhamid Charif

1- INTRODUCTION

Columns are usually subjected to two bending moments about two perpendicular axes (X and Y) as well as an axial force in the vertical Z direction (see Figure 1).

My P

Y Mx X

(a)

Y My Mx X Y My Mx X

(b)

(a): 3D view (c): Bending about Y-axis

(c)

Figure 1: Biaxial bending of columns

(d)

(b): Bending about X-axis

(d): Inclined neutral axis in biaxial bending

With the shown sign convention, bending about X-axis causes compression in the top part and tension in the bottom region, whereas bending about Y-axis causes compression in the left hand part and tension in the right part. For symmetric sections subjected to uniaxial bending, the neutral axis is parallel to the moment axis. In biaxial bending (d), the top-left part is subjected to double compression and the bottom right part is subjected to double tension. The remaining parts are subjected to combined compression and tension. This means that the two moments are not

My for a given value of Mx moment. Vertical scan giving interaction curve P Vertical scan giving interaction curve P Mx for a given value of My moment. The design surface is inside the nominal surface. also . Interaction between the axial force P and the two bending moments Mx and My is represented by a 3D surface. 3D interaction surface P . The 3D surface is constructed by combining several interaction curves P-M at various neutral axis angles.Mx .independent but coupled.My Various 2D scans can be extracted from the 3D surface: · · · Horizontal scan giving interaction curve Mx called load contour. My for a given value of the axial force P. The resulting neutral axis is inclined with an angle depending on the moment values as well as the section properties.

Calculations are complex and are usually carried out in local axes (b). The compression block may have more than one part as and may contain parts of the possible voids present in the section. Xb and Yb are coordinates of the centroid of the compression block with respect to X and Y axes having the origin as the centroid of the gross section.85 f c' B + å Fsi i M nx = 0.My Y Xsi c Mx X h a y xsi dmin c Ysi q ysi x d max General section in biaxial bending (a): Inclined neutral axis in global axes (b): Rotated section and use of variables in local axes The figure shows a general section subjected to biaxial bending. the nominal force and moments in biaxial bending are given by: Pn = 0.85 f c' BX b + å Fsi X si i B is the area of the concrete compression block. With respect to the sign convention shown in the figure.85 f c' BYb + å FsiYsi i M ny = 0. . Steel bars are described by their coordinates Xsi and Ysi. For each neutral axis angle. an interaction curve (meridian) P-Mx-My is constructed by varying the neutral axis depth from pure compression to pure tension.

Biaxial bending analysis and design of columns is very complex and only some specific software can be used for this purpose such as RC-BIAX developed in KSU. . For biaxial bending. Given the loading ( Pu . M ux ) lies inside the safe region of the P-Mx diagram and that the point ( Pu . Bresler equation must then be used to determine the biaxial nominal axial force Pn . M uy ). we must analyze the column in both directions separately and draw the interaction diagrams P-Mx and P-My. Form (b) must be used with caution. We must check for uniaxial bending that the point ( Pu . and the second is in fact derived from the first by dividing all terms by the same unique strength reduction factor.BRESLER RECIPROCAL EQUATION IN BIAXIAL BENDING 1 1 1 1 = + Pn Pnx Pny Pn 0 (a) (b) or 1 1 1 1 = + fPn fPnx fPny fPn0 Pn : Nominal biaxial strength (unknown) Pnx : Nominal strength with uniaxial bending Mx only (My = 0) Pny : Nominal strength with uniaxial bending My only (Mx = 0) Pn0 : Nominal strength with pure compression (Mx = My = 0) f is the strength reduction factor which should be unique for biaxial bending Textbooks use both forms (a) and (b) of Bresler equation. Pny is read similarly on P-My diagram. Among these is the reciprocal method of Bresler. 2. Codes of practice such as ACI and SBC allow the use of approximate methods to check for biaxial bending. M ux . We must finally check that fPn ³ Pu .Ast ) + f y Ast if data is available or simply read on one of the two diagrams as the pure nominal compression strength (M = 0). it is therefore recommended to use form (a) directly with the nominal diagrams. we must read Pnx on P-Mx diagram as the nominal force corresponding to the intersection of the nominal diagram with the radial line starting from the origin and passing through the point with coordinates ( M ux .85 f c' (Ag . Pn 0 is either calculated as: Pn 0 = 0. To avoid confusion. the design interaction diagrams P-Mx and P-My are used. to use Bresler equation. M uy ) lies inside the safe region of the P-My diagram. and the corresponding strength reduction factors may be different. In form (b). Pu ).

is frequent in structures.58 = 342 mm The P-M interaction diagram about X-axis (produced by RC-TOOL software) is shown in Figure 3.186 mm 2 and The layer depths are: d 1 = Cover + As 2 = 402. with bending moment about one axis much greater than the moment about the second axis. 2. The total area for the eight bars is equal to 1608.Bending about X-axis In this case the section dimensions are: b = 300 mm The section has three steel layers: The layer sections are: As1 = As 3 = 603.65 .Example: Check the safety of the column shown in Figure 2 when subjected to the following loading: Axial factored compressive load Pu = 800 kN Factored moment about x-axis Mux = 120 kN. .m Factored moment about y-axis Muy = 20 kN. The column is 300 x 400 mm with eight 16-mm bars. db + d s = 40 + 8 + 10 = 58 mm 2 d 2 = h / 2 = 200 mm d 3 = 400 .1.50 mm2 representing a ratio of 1.34 % with respect to concrete gross section.m 300 mm Figure 2: Section data Y X 400 mm This type of loading. Check the column in biaxial bending using Bresler method with a strength reduction factor f = 0.124 mm 2 and h = 400 mm. Concrete cover is 40 mm and the tie diameter is 10 mm.

Figure 3: P-Mx interaction diagram .

The section has again three steel layers with the same area values. Figure 4: P-My interaction diagram .2. The layer depths are: d 1 = 58 mm d2 = h = 150 mm 2 d 3 = 300 .2.58 = 242 mm The P-M interaction diagram about Y-axis is shown in Figure 4.Bending about Y-axis In this case the section dimensions are: b = 400 mm and h = 300 mm.

0 kN RC-TOOL software may also be used to determine these values with more accuracy. Pu = 800 kN) lies inside the safe region. The RC-TOOL values are: Pnx = 1262. Locate the point corresponding to the known ultimate axial force and bending moment and then draw a radial line from the origin passing through this point. The column is therefore also safe with respect to Y-axis bending. shown in Figures 3 and 4 show the balanced point and the 0. The two dashed radial lines from the origin.01 3191.01 kN The nominal compression force may be estimated by Pn 0 = 0.31 kN Pny = 2587. We read in Figures 5 and 6 that Pnx = 1262.4.m and Pu = 800 kN) lies inside the safe region.f y Ast thus Ast = b/ Determine Pn using Bresler reciprocal equation 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = + = + = 0.3.53 kN . although near the border. In Figure 4. Pny and Pn 0 using the given diagrams. The column is therefore safe with respect to X-axis bending.005 steel strain point. the point represented by coordinates (Mux = 120 kN.000865401972 Pn Pnx Pny Pn 0 1262. Both points are in the compression controlled zone corresponding to a strength reduction factor of 0. For this example. the loading point (Muy = 20 kN. it could be determined from this nominal compression force Pn0 or from the tensile nominal strength as: Pnt = . with the same moments but an axial force of 300 kN.Check biaxial bending using Bresler equation a/ Determine Pnx .39 Pnt fy Thus Pn = 1155.39 kN.Ast ) + f y Ast read from the diagrams.2. It can be seen that the first point corresponding to Mx moment is close to the transition border.31 2587.65.85 f c' ( Ag . Remark: If the column reinforcement was unknown. 2.3 kN and Pny = 2587. This shows that the values of the strength reduction factors in both directions may be different.m . We find that: or simply be Pn0 = 3191. the Mx point would be in the tension controlled zone while the My point would still remain in the compression controlled zone.Check safety in uniaxial bending In Figure 3. The nominal values Pnx and Pny are given by the intersections of these radial lines with the nominal diagrams. The two lines represent the boundaries of the transition zone.

Figure 5: Determination of Pnx from P-Mx interaction diagram .

square and near-square sections. This example shows how important biaxial bending is. Bresler method is usually conservative and convenient for circular. Use of software is therefore encouraged for analysis and design of columns subjected to biaxial bending combined with an axial force.53 = 751.1 kN This value is less than the ultimate axial force (800 kN) fPn < Pu The column is therefore unsafe and must be redesigned. The approximate methods such as Bresler equation are not valid for all loading cases and types of sections. (It is biaxially unsafe although it is uniaxially safe in both X and Y directions).65 x1155.Figure 6: Determination of Pny from P-My interaction diagram c/ Compare design fPn and ultimate Pu values fPn = 0. The value of the strength reduction factor to use is not always obvious. especially if the two bending planes give different values. .

3. Bar coordinates are then required. Many bar generation options are available.1. The steel reinforcement must be described by bars and not layers. Any section shape may be considered. Figure 7: Biaxial bending analysis of the previous example .USE OF RC-BIAX SOFTWARE 3.Presentation of RC-BIAX software This software was developed at KSU by Professor Abdelhamid Charif and performs both analysis and design of various types of sections subjected to biaxial bending combined with an axial force.

The loading point lies outside the safe domain.2. The software delivers the ray ratio between the strength capacity and the loading point (a safe combination corresponds to a ratio greater or equal to unity). Figure 8 shows a 2D scan for an axial force equal to the ultimate value used previously (Pu = 800 kN) and checks safety for the loading combination.Section Analysis and Check The previous example was analyzed using RC-BIAX software with the same data. . Figure 7 shows the section data as well as the nominal and design interaction surfaces.Figure 8: 2D and perspective scan for (P = 800 kN) showing that the given combination is unsafe (outside design domain) 3. The scan is shown in perspective and as a 2D Mx-My interaction curve. thus confirming that it is unsafe. The user can check any loading combination and extract various 2D scans from the 3D surface.

It allows therefore the user to investigate the limitations of these approximate methods. Figures 8 and 9 show other design examples including complex sections with holes.70 %) is not sufficient and the section would remain unsafe in biaxial bending.m is safe but that Bresler method delivers an unsafe check.09 %).3. Figure 8 shows that in an unsymmetrical section (L section) subjected to a single moment Mx only (My = 0). Figure 8: Design of an L section . For these sections no approximate method is available. The resultant of the bar forces and the concrete compression force lies on the vertical centroid Y-axis (ex = 0) corresponding to zero moment about Y-axis.m Muy = 40 kN. the neutral axis is inclined and not parallel to the moment axis as in symmetric sections. The required steel ratio (1. Ten bars are used with four similar bars at the top and bottom.RC-BIAX software also gives the results of approximate methods such as Bresler reciprocal equation and the equivalent eccentricity method. corresponding to eight 20-mm bars (actual ratio of 2.58 %) is less than the previous one. It can be shown using RC-BIAX that. The steel pattern must then be entered. The two side bars have a smaller ratio than the top and bottom bars.76 % of the gross section. This proves that this method is not always conservative even for rectangular sections. RC-BIAX considers the average value. that the loading combination: Pu = 1500 kN Mux = 50 kN. Eight 16-mm bars (four at top and four at bottom) and two 14-mm side bars would be then sufficient. For the strength reduction factor (which can be different in both planes as seen earlier) to be used in Bresler equation. Use of eight 18-mm bars (1.RC Design using RC-BIAX software The software can also be used for design. This shows that RC-BIAX software can be used not only to design sections under biaxial bending but also to optimize steel distribution through steel pattern variation. The previous example results can be retrieved by the software. The software also delivers very useful information about the neutral axis depth and angle as well as strains and stresses in concrete and all steel bars. it was found that required steel was about 1. Figure 10 shows design results for a different steel pattern in order to allow for the great value of bending moment Mx. 3. for instance. Using the same previous reinforcement pattern (eight similar bars with the same ratio).

Figure 9: Design of a complex section with holes in biaxial bending Figure 10: Design of the section for the same loading but a different reinforcement pattern .

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