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2.6.1 Design Internal Forces

Design Internal Forces

Unlike the transformation procedure for the ultimate limit state, it is not possible to carry out a purely geometrical division of the principal internal forces into forces in the individual reinforcement directions. Such a division assumes a strain ratio of 1.0 for the actual provided reinforcement. To have the same strain in both reinforcement directions, however, according reinforcement areas would have to be provided for different design forces in these directions of reinforcement. In the serviceability limit state, however, the design internal forces are searched for a provided reinforcement.

In the serviceability limit state, no required reinforcement is determined. Instead, the provided reinforcement is used to determine the actual provided strain ratio. In all cases where the applied reinforcement deviates from the required reinforcement, the actual provided strain ratio of the reinforcements does not equal the value 1.0.

The assumption of an identical strain ratio is therefore invalid. A different strain ratio must be found that confirms its resulting design internal forces. In solving this problem, the geometrical relationship between the strain ratio and the direction of the concrete compression strut plays an important role.

Baumann [1] writes the following on this point: If we neglect the compression strain of the concrete, because it is usually small compared to the strain of the reinforcement, we obtain the following as the compatibility condition from Figure 38:

εyεx = sin2 β - γsin2 γ - α 

The following Figure 2.80 shows "Figure 38" mentioned by Baumann. It represents the compatibility condition of the strains in a two-directional reinforcement mesh.

Figure 2.80 Compatibility of strains

In Equation 2.62, εy and εx are the strains of two reinforcement directions. The angles α and β represent the intermediate angles between the principal force direction and the direction of the respective reinforcement set. The smaller intermediate angle is called α. The angle γ refers to the differential angle between the direction of the concrete compression strut and the direction of the first principal internal force.

The angles α and β cannot be changed due to the selection of the reinforcement direction. In contrast to this, the angle γ changes if a different direction of the concrete compression strut is necessary to stiffen the reinforcement mesh, due to the variously stiff directions of reinforcement.

The design internal forces in the individual directions of reinforcement depend on the selected direction of the concrete compression strut. With these design internal forces, the stresses in the reinforcements of the individual directions can be determined. Based on these stresses, the various standards provide equations with which it is possible to determine the mean strains of the reinforcement relative to the concrete. In EN-1992-1-1, this is done according to Equation (7.9):

εsm - εcm = σs - kt · fct,effρp,eff · 1 + αe · ρp,effEs  0.6 · σsEs 

Subsequently, it is possible to determine the quotient from the differences of the strains between concrete and reinforcing steel of the second and first reinforcement direction.

Qε = εsm - εcmϕ2εsm - εcmϕ1 

Equation 2.62 also gives a quotient of the strains, derived from the geometric relationships.

Qε,geo = εϕ2εϕ1 = sin2 β - γsin2 γ - α 

For both quotients, the strain of the second direction of reinforcement is in the numerator. This is based on the assumption that the first reinforcement direction forms the smaller differential angle with the first principal internal force. If the second reinforcement direction formed the smaller differential angle with the first principal internal force, the strains of the first reinforcement direction would be in the numerator of the quotient.

Both quotients depend on the selected direction of the concrete compression strut. Now the program tries to select the direction of the concrete compression strut in such a way that both quotients become identical.

Qε = Qε, geo 

If the geometrical strain ratio Qε,geo still does not correspond to the actual strain ratio after one calculation run, the program specifies a new direction of the compression strut and determines the resulting geometric strain ratio. This process is repeated iteratively until a convergence is reached.

The determination of the design internal forces by selecting the appropriate compression strut direction is the most demanding part of the serviceability limit state design. If the selected provided reinforcement approximately corresponds to the statically required reinforcement for the analyzed service load magnitudes, the design internal forces only marginally differ from the internal forces that would result from an assumed strain ratio of 1.0. Therefore, RF-CONCRETE Surfaces additionally offers the possibility to determine the design internal forces with an assumed strain ratio of 1.0.

Design internal forces for the serviceability limit state design are only determined if the cracking of the concrete leads to an activation of the reinforcement. To this end, the program analyzes the concrete tensile stresses caused by the first principal internal force.

[1] Deutscher Ausschuss für Stahlbeton, Heft 217: Tragwirkung orthogonaler Bewehrungsnetze beliebiger Richtung in Flächentragwerken aus Stahlbeton (von Theodor Baumann). Verlag Ernst & Sohn, Berlin, 1972.

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