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Defining parameters for concrete damage plasticity model

Yusuf Sümer, Muharrem Aktaş



Behavior of reinforced concrete beam cannot be captured by elastic damage models or elastic-plastic constitutive laws only. When these two models coupled, load deflection behavior of reinforced concrete can be observed through numerical modeling. Thus, using concrete damage plasticity approach in finite element modeling can lead researches for sufficient numerical results when compared to experimental tests. In order to determine the material damage model of concrete, some laboratory tests are required. This paper offers an equation for damage parameter to capture damage behavior. In addition, modeling strategies are developed by checking the model sensitivity against mesh density, dilation angle and fracture energy of concrete. Finite element models are verified by three different experimental tests. In this study ABAQUS finite element software is employed to model reinforced concrete beam with concrete damage plasticity approach. This study shows that difference between the results from numerical models and experimental tests are in acceptable range.


finite element method; reinforced concrete beam; plastic damage model; failure mechanisms

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