Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Structural Members under Uniform Loads Using Truss Model

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kurdistan

2 Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kurdistan


Truss model is an analytical approach to predict the strength of reinforced concrete members with geometric or statical discontinuous regions. This study investigates the use of truss model to predict the structural behavior of reinforced concrete members with discontinuity areas under monotonic loading. The estimated failure load and its corresponding deformation are the main objective of this research. Twenty and three samples including short shear walls, short columns and deep beams tested by other researchers throughout the literature have been selected. Then their truss models as well as their three dimensional finite element models are analyzed using ABAQUS software. The comparison of experimental and analytical results shows fair correlation between them. Also, the structural response of samples estimated by truss model analysis is fairly acceptable.


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