Cracking in Flexural Reinforced Concrete Members

Annette Beedholm Rasmussen*, Jakob Fisker, Lars German Hagsten

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    The system of cracks developing in reinforced concrete is in many aspects essential when modelling structures in both serviceability- and ultimate limit state. This paper discusses the behavior concerning crack development in flexural members observed from tests and associates it with two different existing models. From the investigations an approach is proposed on how to predict the crack pattern in flexural members involving two different crack systems; primary flexural cracks and local secondary cracks. The results of the approach is in overall good agreement with the observed tests and captures the pronounced size effect associated with flexural cracking in which the crack spacing and crack widths are approximately proportional to the depth of the member.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProcedia Engineering
    Pages (from-to)922-929
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventModern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques - Vilnius, Lithuania
    Duration: 26 May 201627 May 2016


    ConferenceModern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques


    • Comparison with tests
    • crack systems in flexural members
    • modeling of reinforced concrete
    • serviceability

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