chapter  21
Cyclic behavior of reinforced concrete beams: different responses depending on mechanical and geometrical properties
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As well known, the stress intensity factor Kj is connected with the strain energy release rate Qj through the following expression:

e, - % m in which E is the Young's Modulus of concrete.

Furthermore, by means of an energy balance approach, one can demonstrate the equivalence between Qj and the total potential energy W released during the formation of a unitary increment of the crack surface A:

By applying Betti's theorem (from which \PM — ^ M P ) a n d Clapeyron's theorem, the total potential energy of the beam element takes the form:

W = - \ \ p P P 2 + \ P M P M - l - \ M M M 2 (9)

Finally, the expressions of the localized compliances are achieved through the integration of eq.(8) and by equating the result to the right-hand side of eq.(9):


Hence, by making use of a proper congruence condition, one can obtain the unknown reaction P in the different situations of loading and unloading, ac­ companied by crack propagation, steel yielding and/or slippage between steel and concrete.