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CE 710 Behavior and Numerical Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Instructor: Dan Kuchma, Visiting Professor (EPFL), Associate Professor (Univ. of Illinois)
Room: GC B2 474; Email: kuchma@illinois.edu

Assistant: Fabio Brantschen, PhD Candidate (EPFL)


Room: GC B2 485; Email: fabio.brantschen@epfl.ch

Learning Objectives
1.) Develop a more in-depth understanding of the behavior of structural concrete.

2.) Be able to safely and effectively use a variety of computational tools for the design and analysis
of concrete structures.

Reference Documents (not required)


K. Maekawa, A. Pimanmas, and H. Okamura, Nonlinear Mechanics of Reinforced Concrete
fib Task Group 4.4 Computer Based Modeling and Design, Practitioners' Guide to Finite Element
Modelling of Reinforced Concrete Structures, International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib),
Bulletin 45, 344 pp., 2008
http://www.civ.utoronto.ca/vector/journal_publications.html (jp1.pdf, jp2.pdf, jp4.pdf, jp6.pdf,
jp8.pdf, jp9.pdf, jp12.pdf, & jp42.pdf) mandatory reading

Course Program (timeline)

Week # Date Course Topic Tutorial Content


1 21-Sep (0) Course Introduction Matlab Instructions
(1) Compressive Response: Columns Asmt. #1 Distributed (Q&A)
2 28-Sep (1) Compressive Response: Columns, cont. Matlab Interfaces
Asmt. #1 Due; Asmt. #2 Distributed (Q&A)
3 5-Oct (1) Compressive Response: Walls In-Class Exercise on Testing of Columns
Asmt. #2 Q&A
4 12-Oct (2) Tensile Response Asmt. #2 Due; Asmt. #3 Distributed (Q&A)
5 19-Oct (3) Response of Membrane Elements Asmt. #3 Q&A
6 26-Oct (3) Response of Membrane Elements, cont. Asmt. #3 Q&A
7 2-Nov (4) 2D Continuum FEA Tools Asmt. #3 Due; Asmt. #4 Distributed (Q&A)
8 9-Nov (5) Experimental Measurements and Analysis Asmt. #4 Q&A
Discussion of Project Options
9 16-Nov (6) Model Validation Asmt. #4 Due
Model Validation In-Class Exercise
11 30-Nov (8) Bond To Be Determined
12 7-Dec (9) Beams with Shear To Be Determined
13 14-Dec Test Test Only on This Day
14 21-Dec Project Presentations Presentations Only on This Day

Distribution and Posting of Materials


http://ibeton.epfl.ch/Etudiant/et_doct-11/default.asp (then go to Course Lectures Link)

Registration Limit (24 Students Size of Classroom)


Topics
(1) COMPRESSIVE RESPONSE OF STRUCTURAL CONCRETE
1.1 Unreinforced Concrete
1.2 Actively Confined Plain Concrete
1.3 Circular Concrete Columns Passively Confined by Spirals
1.4 Rectangular Concrete Columns Passively Confined by Hoops/Ties
1.5 ACI318 Design Requirements for Columns
1.6 Constitutive Models for Passively Confined Concrete Columns
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1.7 Walls (including Webs/Membranes) Subjected to Transverse In-Plane Compression
1.8 Walls Subjected to Transverse Tension In-Plane Tension
1.9 Walls Confined by Out-Of-Plane Reinforcement
1.10 Constitutive Models for Walls (incl.Webs/Membranes)

(2) TENSILE RESPONSE OF STRUCTURAL CONCRETE


2.1 Cracking Strength
2.2 Average Tensile Stress in Concrete
2.3 Crack Widths and Crack Spacings
2.4 Force Transfer across Cracks

(3) RESPONSE OF 2D CONTINUUMS


3.0 Response of Membrane Elements
3.1 Variable Angle Truss Model
3.2 Compression Field Theory (CFT)
3.3 Example: Shear Response by CFT
3.4 Modified Compression Field Theory (MCFT)
3.5 Secant Stiffness Formulation for MCFT
3.6 Program MEMBRANE 2000 (M2K)
3.7 Analysis of 2D continuums

(4) 2D CONTINUUM FEA TOOLS


(5) EXPERIMENTAL MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSIS
(6) MODEL VALIDATION
(7) FRACTURE
(8) BOND
(9) BEAMS WITH SHEAR
STUDENT PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Assignments (in Matlab)


(1) Response of a Linear Elastic Simply-Supported Beam
(2) Fiber (or Multilayer) Analysis of a Section Subjected to Flexural and Axial Loads
(3) Inelastic Response of a Reinforced Concrete Frame
(4) Response of a 2D Element Subjected to Membrane Actions

Project Ideas
1.) Group Project on Model Evaluation/Validation
2.) Extension of Assignments
3.) Develop Non-Linear 2D Continuum Analysis Program
4.) Develop Sectional Analysis Program with Shear Included
5.) Understanding and Implementation of Other Models
6.) Understand Functionality of a particular Software
7.) Other, as proposed by students