The goal of this study is to experimentally and analytically evaluate the influence of circular openings in reinforced concrete deep beams with low shear span-to-depth ratio.Twenty reinforced concrete small-scale deep beams with or without openings were tested in flexure under four-point loading. The beams had a small shear span-to-depth ratio in order to stress the shear behavior. The specimens had different reinforcement arrangements and opening positions. The load was transmitted to the specimen with bearing plates having the same side length as the beam. Two LVDT’s were arranged to record the transverse and axial strain of the theoretical struts forming in the beam. Additionally another device was mounted to measure the middle deflection of the beam.Comparative analysis of the experimental results shows that: the effect of the hole depends on its position in the beam; the benefit of the presence of reinforcement depends on its arrangement.An analytical model is proposed to predict the shear strength and corresponding deflection of deep beams with openings and the results are also compared with a non-linear finite element analysis showing good agreement.
|Numero di pagine||13|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2012|
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