Reinforced concrete hysteresis model based on the damage concept

Ming‐Liang ‐L Wang*, Surendra P. Shah

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Reinforced concrete members subjected to cyclic inelastic deformation may exhibit both stiffness and strength degradation, depending on the maximum amplitude and the number of cycles experienced by the member. Many of the currently available models do not simulate the cycle‐dependent stiffness loss often observed during the experiments. An analytical model based on a damage parameter which is a function of the cumulative cyclic inelastic deformation is proposed. A small‐scale reinforced concrete beam–column joint was constructed and subjected to cyclic loading to calibrate the damage parameter. The model is able to approximate the complete hysteretic response and is simple to implement. The sensitivity of the analytical model was examined by comparing the model with several experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-1003
Number of pages11
JournalEarthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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