The Effect of Scale on the Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Beams to Shear (NEES-2012-1169)

By Santiago Pujol

Purdue University

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Title: The Effect of Scale on the Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Beams to Shear (NEES-2012-1169)

Year Of Curation: 2015

Description: Tests of reinforced concrete beams have shown that as the depth increases, unit shear strength decreases. Researchers have warned of the potential danger that this phenomenon, commonly referred to as size effect, could have on the shear strength of structural members with depths larger than 24 in. and no web reinforcement. In this study, the influence of beam depth on the unit shear capacity of reinforced concrete rectangular beams without web reinforcement is examined for test specimens that have all dimensions (width, bar diameter, bar spacing, cover, and maximum aggregate size) scaled in proportion to depth.

This experimental program consisted of four 30-in. deep beams and six 12-in. deep beams, all simply supported and loaded at midspan to failure. All dimensions of the 30-in beams were 2.5 times the dimensions of the 12-in. beams. Four beams had a shear span-to-effective depth ratio of 2.9. The other six beams had a shear span-to-effective depth ratio of 2.3.

The test results indicated that when all of the beam dimensions were geometrically scaled in proportion to the depth, increasing the size of the beam (within the ranges tested) had no discernable effect on the unit shear strength.

This investigation is a continuation of the study started by Murray and uses the same convention for labeling the beams. (Project 994 - An Investigation of the Unit Shear Strength of Geometrically Scaled Reinforced Concrete Beams)

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PIs & CoPIs: Santiago Pujol 

Dates: September 1, 2011 to August 9, 2013

Organizations: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States

Facilities: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States

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Keywords:  shear strength, reinforced concrete, size effect, scale effect

Publications: Kaylor McCain, "The Effect of Scale on the Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Beams to Shear." 

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  • Santiago Pujol (2017), "The Effect of Scale on the Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Beams to Shear (NEES-2012-1169)," https://datacenterhub.org/resources/14664.

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