The behaviour and ultimate load capacity of laterally-restrained reinforced concrete slabs can be considerably enhanced by the development of arching or compressive membrane action. This paper presents a simple method for predicting the enhanced ultimate load capacity of laterally-restrained slab strips. The method is based on deformation theory and utilizes an elastic-plastic stress-strain criterion for concrete. The loads carried by bending and arching action are calculated separately and then added to give the total ultimate load capacity. A simple equivalent strip approach, based on a three-hinged arch analogy, allows for the degree of lateral restraint. The method of prediction has been validated by correlation with a wide range of test results from various sources.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Proceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Nov 1997|