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# CIE525: Assignment 3

Moment-curvature Relationships
Manish Kumar

## 1.1 Problem Statement

Consider the beam section below that is not drawn to scale. The section through the beam is
shown below the elevation. Assume Grade 60 rebar and f c' = 4 ksi.

Part 1: Develop moment-curvature relationships for the following cases using hand calculations
(a) flexure producing tension at the top of the beam, no strain-hardening in the longitudinal
rebar, #4 ties at 10 inches on center; and (b) per part (a) but with #4 ties at 3 inches on center.
List all assumptions. Plot the relationships in Excel or equivalent. Comment on the results.
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Part 2: Develop moment-curvature relationships using Xtract for the two cases of Part 1; and (c)
including strain hardening in the longitudinal rebar. Plot the relationships in Excel or equivalent.
Show all of the relationships on one plot. Comment on the results.

## 1.2 Solution: Part1: Part a

For the part 1, a distance of 10 inches between ties is too much to realize any significant
confining effects and hence beam is treated as unconfined when obtained moment-curvature
relationships.
Three transition points on moment-curvature curves are considered are points are interpolated
between them to obtain the full curve: 1) cracking, 2) yielding and 3) ultimate. Each state is
discussed here. Geometrical parameters of given beam-section is summarized in Table 1.
Table 1: Geometrical parameters for given beam-section
Parameter Description

Value
Part 1

Part 2

lc

1.615 1.615

dl

1.27

1.27

dh
s
s'
b
d
bc

0. 5

0. 5

## Vertical spacing between hoops

Clear vertical spacing between hoops
Width of the section
Depth of the section
Horizontal spacing between centerlines of perimeter hoop

10
9.5
20
24
16.27

3
2.5
20
24
16.27

dc

20.27 20.27

w'

## Clear distance between longitudinal bars

Varies

Varies

Cracking
At first onset of cracking, stress in the extreme tension fiber reaches modulus of rupture of
concrete. Critical moment is then calculated using expression:

fr I g

M cr

(1)

yt

where f r is the modulus of rupture of concrete, I g is the moment of inertia of gross section
ignoring the contribution from reinforcements, and yt is the distance of extreme tension fiber
from neutral axis of the section. Ignoring the contribution of reinforcements to moment of inertia
and neutral axis of the section has negligible effects on moment calculations in elastic range of
behavior. Gross moment of inertia is given as:
bd 3
12

Ig

(2)

And neglecting contribution of reinforcements, neutral axis would at the centroid of the section
and given as yt

## d / 2 . As per ACI (2011), modulus of rupture of concrete is given by

expression:
7.5 f c'

fr

(3)

Substituting these values back in Equation (1) gives us the cracking moment of the section. The
corresponding curvature is obtained using elastic theory:

M cr
Ec I g

cr

## This gives the cracking point on the curve ( M cr ,

cr

(4)

Yielding
Following the cracking of concrete section in tension, crack propagates through the cross-section
on further application of moment and tensile force is taken by the tension reinforcements. The
moment-curvature behavior is still linear, however, only up to the point when tension
reinforcement yields. At yielding, strain in the tension reinforcement is
axis shifts towards compression area.

( f s / Es ) and neutral

The neutral axis at yielding is given as distance kd from extreme compression fiber, where the
ratio k is calculated using expression:

k
Where

( As / bd ) and

')2 n2 2(

'

d'
)n (
d

')n

(5)

## '( As' / bd ) are the tension and compression steel ratios, n ( Es / Ec )

is the modular ratio, and d and d ' are the distance of compression and tension steel from
extreme compression fiber.
Taking moment about compressive force due to concrete, yield moment is given by:
My

kd
3

As f y d

As' f y'

kd
3

d'

(6)

Since stress in the tension steel is f y , using similar triangles, stress in compression steel is
calculated as:
d d'
fy
d kd

f s'

(7)

Once stress in compression steel is obtained, yield moment is obtained substituting it back to
Equation (6). Curvature is then obtained as:
y
y

(8)

d kd

## This gives us the yielding point on the curve ( M y , y )

Ultimate
After yielding of tension steel, its stress remains constant but strain keeps increasing until
compressive strain in extreme fiber of concrete reaches the strain value of

cu

at maximum stress

in concrete f c' . In order to address the nonlinearity in concrete at high strains, whitney-block is
used to approximate the parabolic stress distribution in concrete to an equivalent rectangular
stress-block representation.
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The calculation of ultimate state requires iteration. For hand calculations, let us assume that
'
s

## . This assumption will be checked later.

Equilibrium of tension and compressive force (C T ) gives the depth of neutral axis c as:

As' f s'

Ay f y

0.85 f c'b

(9)

Ultimate moment is then obtained by taking moment about tension steel as:
Mu

Cc d

c
2
1

Cs d d '

c
2
1

(10)

## Ultimate curvature is then calculated as:

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u
u

where

is ultimate strain in concrete at maximum stress, which is 0.003 as per ACI (2011).

## . Assumption of yielding in compression is now checked by

ensuring:
'
s

c d'
c

cu

(12)

If the above condition is satisfied then assumption made is true and obtained value of ( M u , u )
defines the ultimate state on the moment-curvature curve. If the condition is not satisfied further
iteration is required with new trial strain value as

'
s

A Matlab program was written to calculate the moment-curvature values for three states as per
principles explained in above sections. Values obtained have been shown in Table 2.

## Table 2: Moment-curvature values for given beam section

Moment (kip-in) Curvature ( 10 4 )
Cracking
911
0.11
Yielding
5753
1.43
Ultimate
5890
8.07

Curvature-ductility
0.076
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5.6

## 1.3 Solution: Part 1: Part b

As distance between ties at center is 3 inch in this case, confinement of concrete is considered
here while calculation moment-curvature values. Manders stress-strain model for confinement
of concrete is used here. Manders confinement model was derived primarily for columns under
uniaxial compression and suggested values of confinement effective co-efficient based on
experiments on columns might not be applicable for beams under pure flexure. Confinement
effective constants are calculated here from first principles suggested in Mander et al. (1988). In
case of beams under flexure, only the area above neutral axis experience compression and there
is no effect of confinement in tension. Accordingly, when effective area is calculated, the
ineffectively confined area with tension reinforcement is neglected here.

cc

wi'

7 1.27
16.27 20.27
2 62

(13)

0.027

2 17.272

668 in2

(14)

i 1

Note that only parabolic ineffectively areas between compression reinforcements and vertical
reinforcements have been considered in the above equation.
Confinement effective constant is calculated as:
1
ke

668
6 16.27 20.27

2.5
2 16.27
(1 0.027)
1

2.5
2 20.27

0.59

(15)

4
3 20.27

nAsy
y

0.52

nAsx
sdc

sdc

0.0066

(16)

0.0082

(17)

0.52

4
3 16.27

Using

flx'
f c'

0.23
4

flx'

ke

f yh

(18)

fly'

ke

f yh

(19)

0.06 and

fly'
f

0.29
4

'
c

we obtain:
K

f cc'
f c'

Using

(20)

1.4

cu

The strain,

cc

0.004

1.4

cu

f yh

'
cc

sm

0.004

0.026
5.6

(21)

## , at compressive strength of confined concrete is calculated as:

cc

So,

f cc'
1
f c'

0.002 1 5

4.

cc

0.006

(22)

In order to determine the equivalent stress block parameters, Figure 1 is referred from Paulay and
Priestley (1992).

Figure 1: Concrete compressive stress block parameters for rectangular sections with
rectangular hoops (from Paulay and Priestley (1992) as reported in Whittaker (2012))
Values of stress block parameters are obtained as:

0.85 and
So

the

fcc'

average

strength

to

use

for

equivalent

rectangular

stress

block

is

## 0.85 5.6 4.76 ksi

Similar procedure as used in part 1 of the problem can be used here, except for ultimate momentcurvature calculations. For ultimate moment-curvature calculations,

## 1 calculated above and instead of f c'

0.85 is replaced by

## 4 ksi , f cc' value of 5.6 ksi is used in the calculations.

Other assumption is that at large curvatures, the unconfined cover concrete has spalled and
effective width and depth of the beam is reduced to: b 16.73 in, d 19.61 in .
Using the same Matlab code provided in Appendix A, moment-curvature values are obtained and
presented in Table 3.
Table 3: Moment-curvature values for given beam section
Moment (kip-in) Curvature ( 10 4 )
Cracking
911
0.11
8

Curvature-ductility
0.076

Yielding
Ultimate

1.4

5753
5380

1.43
96.23

1
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Solution: Part 2

XTRACT was used and moment curvature graphs were obtained for cases described in Part 1
and with and without strain hardening of reinforcements. Obtained plots are presented in Figure
2.

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## 1.5 Solution: Problem 2

XTRACT was used to obtain moment-curvature plots for column section shown in Figure 3, for
different level of axial loads applied.

## Figure 3: Column section used for the analysis

Plots obtained from XTRACT for different amount of axial loads are shown in Figure 4. Plots
show that as axial load increases, strength of column section increases but its maximum
curvature or curvature-ductility decreases. Failure modes that limit the maximum curvature for
different axial load cases are summarized in Table 4.
Table 4: Failure modes of column section for different axial loads
0
0.1 f c' Ag

Failure Mode
Failure of longitudinal bars
Failure of longitudinal bars

0.2 f c' Ag

0.4 f c' Ag

## Failure of confined concrete

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Figure 4: Moment-curvature plots obtained from XTRACT for different level of axial loads
( MC 0 0 kips, MC1 0.1 fc' Ag , MC 2 0.2 fc' Ag , MC 4 0.4 fc' Ag )

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