Numerical Modeling of Non-Uniformly Reinforced Carbon Concrete Lightweight Ceiling Elements

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The present paper contributes to the discussion on modeling methods appropriate for the structural analysis of thin-walled concrete shells, a rapidly developing field of material and structural design utilizing the high-performance cementitious composites reinforced with non-metallic reinforcement. An effective modeling support is paramount for the derivation of reliable and economic design and assessment principles in a wide range of applications.

Abstract The paper focuses on the specifics of macro-scale modeling of thin-walled textile-reinforced concrete shells. Application of layered shell finite elements requires systematic procedures for identification of material characteristics associated with the individual layers within the cross section. The identification of the material parameters describing the tensile behavior of a composite cross section is done using data obtained from the tensile test. Such test is usually performed only for a reference configurations with a simple layup of fabrics and a chosen thickness. The question is how to derive the strain-hardening response from the tensile test that is relevant for a changed cross-sectional configuration. We describe and discuss scaling and mixture rules that can be used to modify the material parameters for modified cross-sectional layups. The rules are examined in the context of the test results obtained on a shell that was reinforced non-uniformly, with varying types of textile fabrics and varying thickness within the shell surface.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2348
Number of pages23
JournalApplied Sciences : open access journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019

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Scopus 85067248961
ORCID /0000-0002-4351-8585/work/142242824



  • textile-reinforced concrete, thin-walled shells, cementitious composites, layered finite elements, mixture rules, model calibration, BEHAVIOR, PREDICTION, SHELLS