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Effects of High Strength Concrete on Progressive Collapse Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Frame

Deng, X-F., Shilin, L., Fu, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-9176-8159 & Qian, K. (2020). Effects of High Strength Concrete on Progressive Collapse Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Frame. Journal of Structural Engineering, 146(6), article number 04020078. doi: 10.1061/(asce)st.1943-541x.0002628


Increasing terrorist activities in the past decade brought requirements in design buildings, especially government or commercial buildings, under extreme loading conditions. One of the devastating consequences due to extreme loading is the possibility of progressive collapse. Although extensive studies had been carried out in the past decade on load resistance mechanism of reinforced concrete (RC) frames in preventing progressive collapse, the effects of high-strength-concrete (HSC) on progressive collapse resistance capacity is still unclear. Therefore, in this paper six tests of reinforced concrete frames with different span-to-depth ratio and concrete strength were conducted in the present study. Among them, three are HSC frames and the remaining are normal strength concrete frames. It was found that the use of HSC could further enhance the compressive arch action (CAA) capacity, especially for those with low span-to-depth ratio. On the other hand, HSC can reduce the tensile catenary action (TCA) capacity at large deformation stage, primarily because of higher bond stress between concrete and rebar,leading to earlier fracture of the rebar.The analytical results from the model were compared with the test results. It is found that the existing CAA model could accurately predict the CAA capacity of HSC frames as well as NSC frames.However, existing model is hard to predict the CAA capacity of the frames with relatively small span-to-depth ratio (less than 7) accurately.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019, American Society of Civil Engineers
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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