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Unified Theory of Concrete Structures


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Thomas T. C. Hsu and Y. L. Mo are the editors of Unified Theory of Concrete Structures eBook.

Preface to Unified Theory of Concrete Structures by Thomas T. C. Hsu and Y. L. Mo

Concrete buildings are subjected to a fancy selection of stresses and strains. The 4 fundamental actions are: bending, axial load, shear and torsion. Every motion alone, or together with others, could have an effect on buildings in several methods underneath various situations.

The primary two actions – bending and axial load – are one-dimensional issues, which have been studied within the first six many years of the 20th century, and basically solved by 1963 when the last word energy design was included into the ACI Constructing Code.

The final two actions – shear and torsion – are two-dimensional and three-dimensional issues, respectively.

These extra difficult issues have been studied critically within the second half of the 20th century, and continued into the primary decade of the 21st century. By 1993, a ebook entitled Unified Theory of Strengthened Concrete was revealed by the primary creator.

At the moment, the unified concept consisted of 5 part fashions:

(1) the struts-andties mannequin for design of native areas;

(2) the equilibrium (plasticity) truss mannequin for predicting the last word strengths of members underneath all 4 actions;

(3) the Bernoulli compatibility truss mannequin for linear and nonlinear theories of bending and axial load;

(4) the Mohr compatibility truss mannequin for the linear concept of shear and torsion; and

(5) the softened truss mannequin for the nonlinear concept of shear and torsion. The primary unified concept revealed in 1993 was a milestone within the improvement of fashions for strengthened concrete components.


However, the last word aim should be science-based prediction of the habits of entire concrete buildings. Progress was impeded as a result of the fifth part mannequin, the softened truss mannequin, was insufficient for incorporation into the brand new finite component evaluation for entire buildings.

This breakthrough was the set up of a ten-channel servo-control system onto the common panel tester (UPT) on the College of Houston (UH), which enabled the UPT to carry out strain-controlled exams indispensable in establishing extra superior materials fashions.
An innovation in testing facility in 1995 allowed new experimental analysis to advance the nonlinear concept for shear and torsion.

The expanded testing capabilities opened up an entire new realm of analysis potentials. One elementary advance was the understanding of the Poisson impact in cracked strengthened concrete and the popularity of the distinction between uniaxial and biaxial pressure.

The UPT, succesful of performing strain-control exams, allowed UH researchers to determine two Hsu/Zhu ratios primarily based on the smeared crack idea, thus laying the inspiration for the event of the softened membrane mannequin.

This new nonlinear mannequin for shear and torsion constitutes the sixth part mannequin of the unified concept. The second advance was the event of the mounted angle shear concept, rather more highly effective than the rotating angle shear concept as a result of it might predict the ‘contribution of concrete’ (Vc).

Begun in 1995, the mounted angle shear concept regularly developed right into a smooth-operating analytical technique by creating a rational shear modulus primarily based on smeared cracks and enrichment of the softened coefficient of concrete.


This new mounted angle shear concept serves as a platform to construct the softened membrane mannequin, although the time period ‘mounted angle’ is just not hooked up to the title of this mannequin.

The third advance stemming from the expanded functionality of the strain-controlled UPT was to acquire the descending branches of the shear stress versus shear pressure curves, and to hint the hysteretic loops underneath reversed cyclic shear.

Because of this, the constitutive relationships of the cracked strengthened concrete may very well be established for the entire cyclic loading.

These cyclic constitutive relationships, which represent the cyclic softened membrane mannequin (CSMM), opened the door to predicting the habits of membrane components underneath earthquake and different dynamic actions.

A concrete construction will be visualized as an meeting of one-dimensional (1-D) fiber components subjected to bending/axial load and two-dimensional (2-D) membrane components subjected to in-plane shear and regular stresses.

The habits of an entire construction will be predicted by integrating the habits of its part 1-D and 2-D components. This ‘elementbased method’ to the prediction of the responses of concrete buildings is made potential by the trendy digital laptop with its unprecedented pace,

A nonlinear finite component framework OpenSees, developed through the previous decade, is comparatively straightforward to make use of. By constructing the constitutive mannequin CSMM of strengthened concrete components on the platform of OpenSees, a pc program, Simulation of Concrete Structures (SCS), was developed on the College of Houston.
and the corresponding fast improvement of analytical and numerical instruments, such because the nonlinear finite component technique. Finite component technique has developed quickly up to now decade to foretell the habits of buildings with nonlinear traits, together with concrete buildings.

Program SCS can predict the static, cyclic, and dynamic habits of concrete buildings composed of 1-D body components and 2-D wall components.


The unified concept on this 2010 ebook covers not solely the unification of strengthened concrete theories involving bending, axial power, shear and torsion, but additionally contains the combination of the habits of 1-D and 2-D components to disclose the precise behavioral final result of entire concrete buildings with frames and partitions.

The common impression of this achievement led to the title for the brand new ebook: Unified Theory of Concrete Structures, an enormous step past the scope of Unified Theory of Strengthened Concrete. The various difficult objectives of this new ebook are made potential solely by the collaboration between the 2 authors.

The primary eight chapters have been ready by Thomas T. C. Hsu, and the concluding two chapters by Y. L. Mo. In closing, this ebook presents a really complete science-based unified concept to design concrete buildings and infrastructure for max security and economic system.

Within the USA alone, the worth of the concrete building business is of the order of 200 billion {dollars} a yr.

Moreover, the worth of this physique of work can also be mirrored by its incalculable human profit in mitigating the injury brought on by earthquakes, hurricanes and different pure or synthetic disasters.

With this bigger thought, the authors specific their deep appreciation to all their colleagues, laboratory workers, and former/present, graduate/undergraduate college students, who contributed drastically to the event of the unified concept.

A particular acknowledgment goes to Professor Gregory L. Fenves and his co-workers for the event of the open-domain OpenSees.


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