Analysis of compressive membrane action in concrete slabs

Y. Zheng, Desmond Robinson, Susan Taylor, David Cleland, A.A. Shaat

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    This paper summarises the results obtained from non-linear finite-element analysis (NLFEA) of a series of reinforced-concrete one-way slabs with various boundary conditions representative of a bridge deck slab strip in which compressive membrane action governs the structural behaviour. The application of NLFEA for the optimum analysis and design of in-plane restrained concrete slabs is explored. An accurate material model and various equation solution methods were assessed to find a suitable finite-element method for the analysis of concrete slabs in which arching action occurs. Finally, the results from the NLFEA are compared and validated with those from various experimental test data. Significantly, the numerical analysis was able to model the arching action that occurred as a result of external in-plane restraint at the supports and which enhanced the ultimate strength of the slab. The NLFEA gave excellent predictions for the ultimate load-carrying capacity and far more accurate predictions than those obtained using standard flexural or elastic theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-31
    Number of pages11
    JournalProceedings of ICE - Bridge Engineering
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2008


    • mathematical modelling; stress analysis; concrete structures

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction


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