Axial Strain Of Reinforced Concrete Beams Subjected to Reversed Cyclic Loading ;;
It is required to evaluate the axial strain of reinforced concrete beams in order to predict the ductility of reinforced concrete beams subjected to reversed cyclic loading. A model was proposed to determine the axial strains In reinforced concrete beams by analysing the behavior of reinforced concrete sections and comparing with published test results. The proposed axial strain model inclusively reflected four kinds of paths : Path 1-steel bar in an elastic stage or a unloading region; Path 2-after flexural yielding; Path 3-a slip region; and Path 4-a reversing loading region. The equations to predict the axial strains of each path were proposed. The proposed equations took into account the effects of the loading program. Comparison of axial strains between experimental results and the results from proposed equations showed to be in a good agreement with experimental results.