Nonlinear Damage Mechanics Approach in Investigating Cracks in Reinforced Concrete Flexural Members

  •  Ahmad Salah Edeen Nassef    


This paper was investigating cracks in reinforced concrete members subjected to pure bending using nonlinear damage mechanics approach. Concrete, steel and total damage variables were introduced and correlations were derived. Comparisons with different experimental and theoretical methods were executed, comparison between the proposed approach and different codes of practices were also executed. A parametric study was carried out for total damage variable considering both concrete cover and reinforcement ratio at different concrete damage variable.

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