Imperial College London

DrRobertVollum

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Concrete Structures
 
 
 
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Einpaul J, Vollum RL, Ramos A, Punching shear behaviour of edge column connections incontinuous flat slabs, 39th IABSE Symposium Engineering the Future

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Elwakeel A, Fang L, Abdelsalam M, Vollum RLet al., Contribution of the Shear Transfer Actions in Short Span Beams, fib WP 2.2.1 | Workshop on Beam Shear

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Micallef M, Vollum R, Izzuddin, CONTROLLING CRACK WIDTHS IN WALLS RESTRAINED AT THEIR BASE AND ENDS, fib Symposium 2016

Following casting, concrete cracks if early-age thermal (EAT) and long-term (LT) shrinkagemovement is restrained. Crack control is of particular importance in walls which rely solely onconcrete for water tightness, such as retaining walls and water resisting tanks. It is well establishedthat the cracking behaviour of end restrained members is very different from that of edge restrainedwalls. For this reason, both restraint types are considered separately in literature and in codes ofpractice such as Eurocode 2 (EN 1992). In reality, combined edge and end restraint is present in manyreinforced concrete (RC) structures. In the absence of design recommendations for combinedrestraint, U.K. engineers commonly design crack control reinforcement for end restraint as it is theworst case. In the authors’ opinion, this is wasteful as it leads to the provision of unnecessaryreinforcement. To this end, an experimental programme was conducted to investigate cracking in RCwalls with combined base and end restraint. The measured and calculated crack widths are comparedwith the predictions of EN 1992 for edge and end restraint. The results suggest that crack widths inwalls with combined edge and end restraint can be calculated with the EN 1992 equations for crackingin edge restrained walls.

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Soares L, Vollum R, INFLUENCE OF FLEXURAL CONTINUITY ON PUNCHING RESISTANCE AT EDGE COLUMNS, ACI Convention Fall 2016

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Vella JP, Vollum RL, DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL CONNECTION METHODS BETWEEN PRECAST CONCRETE PANELS, fib Symposium 2016

Laing O’Rourke (LOR) have developed and patented a novel form of connection between precastconcrete panels utilising lapped headed bars, known as the “E6 joint”. Headed reinforcement barsprotrude from adjacent faces of precast lightweight concrete panels, such that a reduced lap length canbe used in the cast-in-situ joint region, thereby decreasing the joint width, when compared to straightbar lap splices. Confining reinforcement in the form of vertical shear studs and transverse bars is alsoinstalled in the joint. The aim of this research, funded by LOR, is to study the mechanical behaviourof this novel form of connection, at the serviceability and ultimate limit states, by means of numericalanalysis, experimental testing and reliability analysis. The experimental results are used to validate athree dimensional non-linear finite element (NLFEA) model of the joint. A strut-and-tie model (STM)developed by LOR and reviewed by Arup, is used to determine the E6 design joint strength. Analysisshows that the STM gives conservative results compared with numerical and experimental resultswhilst not fully capturing the observed joint behaviour. More refined alternative design approacheswill be considered to overcome these shortcomings. Improved understanding of joint behaviour willenable the joint design to be optimised and facilitate the development of an improved simplifieddesign method. Furthermore, a more widespread use of this system would lead to improvements inbuildability, sustainability and health and safety in construction of concrete structures.

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Vollum RL, Micallef M, Izzuddin BA, Stehle J, Jackson Aet al., Cracking control in base-restricted reinforced concrete walls, fib Symposium Copenhagen 2015

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Afshan S, Yu JBY, Standing JR, Vollum RL, Potts DMet al., 2017, Ultimate capacity of a segmental grey cast iron tunnel lining ring subjected to large deformations, TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 64, Pages: 74-84, ISSN: 0886-7798

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Einpaul J, Vollum RL, Ramos AP, 2017, On the distribution of shear forces in non-axisymmetric slab-column connections, Pages: 841-848

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. The majority of punching tests, based on which the provisions for slab-column connections in design codes are developed, were performed on symmetric test specimens where the support reaction was centric with respect to the supported area. However, most slab-column connections in practice are subjected to asymmetric loading. This may lead to non-uniform distribution of bending moments, deformations and shear forces on a control perimeter around the column or transfer of bending moments between the slab and the column. A non-linear finite element approach was developed in this research to investigate the distribution of internal forces around the columns in non-axisymmetric connections. The focus of this paper is on analyzing the interaction between redistributions of bending moments and shear forces while maintaining the equilibrium of internal forces in the slab. Selected test specimens from the literature were modelled with different types of asymmetric loading. The modelling results show that shear redistribution along the perimeter of the connection, which would lead to a more uniform shear distribution, is possible only in certain cases depending on the bending moments and flexural capacity of the slab. It is also shown that uneven distribution of shear forces can also occur in connections with no eccentricity, being related to the non-linear flexural behavior of the slab. The results obtained from the analyses are compared to the approaches suggested in the design codes or by other authors.

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Micallef M, Vollum R, 2017, The Effect of Shear and Lap Arrangement on Reinforcement Lap Strength, Structures, ISSN: 2352-0124

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Micallef M, Vollum RL, Izzuddin BA, 2017, Investigating the need for long laps in reinforced concrete elements, Pages: 1549-1557

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. The current Eurocode 2 (EN 1992-1-1) detailing rules can lead to considerably greater lap and anchorage lengths than previous design recommendations such as the superseded British Standard BS 8110-1. Moreover, fib Model Code 2010 (MC 2010) requires even longer laps than EN 1992-1-1. This research is motivated by complaints from industry that designing to the current EN 1992-1-1 detailing rules leads to numerous construction issues such as reinforcement congestion, as well as cost and sustainability implications, with no apparent justification. This paper presents the experimental programme which was conducted by the authors with a view to justifying reduced lap lengths more commensurate with previously proven UK experience. To this end, a series of three point bending (3PB) and four point bending (4PB) tests were designed and tested in the Structures Laboratory at Imperial College London to investigate bond stress distributions along laps of different lengths consisting of lapped reinforcing bars of the same or different bar diameters. In particular, experiments were aimed at quantifying the effectiveness of very long laps in transferring forces between two lapped bars. The 3PB tests were aimed at investigating whether anchorage capacity of laps is enhanced at high shear locations.

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Micallef M, Vollum RL, Izzuddin BA, 2017, Crack development in transverse loaded base-restrained reinforced concrete walls, ENGINEERING STRUCTURES, Vol: 143, Pages: 522-539, ISSN: 0141-0296

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Micallef M, Vollum RL, Izzuddin BA, 2017, Cracking in walls with combined base and end restraint, Magazine of Concrete Research, Pages: 1-19, ISSN: 0024-9831

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Pamplona MKY, Ferreira MP, Vollum RL, 2017, Bearing capacity of partially loaded concrete elements, Pages: 604-611

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. There are numerous situations where compressive loads are introduced into members over small areas. The stress distribution in these zones, which are depicted D for disturbed, is non-uniform. The flow of compressive stresses into the surrounding member induces transverse tensile stresses which can cause premature splitting failures. D regions are typically designed using the strut-and-tie method (STM). The STM design recommendations provided by ACI 318(2014), fib Model Code (2010) (2013) and Eurocode 2(2004), limit bearing stresses to admissible values which depend on a strut efficiency factor (β s ). This paper uses a database with 162 tests on partially loaded concrete prisms without and with crack-control reinforcement to evaluate these provisions and to discuss the influence of parameters like the concrete strength (f c ), the crack-control reinforcement ratio (p), concentration ratio (b/a) and aspect ratio (h/b). It also presents results of four tests on diamond-shaped concrete prisms carried out to evaluate the effect on resistance of increasing p. Experimental results show that crack-control reinforcement increases both ductility and resistance. Existing design provisions are shown to be conservative.

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Setiawan A, Vollum R, Macorini L, 2017, Nonlinear finite element analysis of reinforced concrete flat slabs subjected to reversed-cyclic loading, Pages: 814-822

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. Flat slabs are only permitted to be used as gravity-load carrying systems in regions of high seismicity because of poor resistance to lateral deformation and punching shear under reversed cyclic loading. This paper considers the influence of reverse cyclic loading on the punching resistance of internal slab column connections without shear reinforcement. Currently, ACI 318-14 determines the deformation capacity of slab-column connections using a best-fit line based on test data from relatively thin slabs, with average thickness of 110 mm, and flexural reinforcement ratios of around 1%. Consequently, the ACI 318-14 (2014) design recommendations require further validation for slab thicknesses and reinforcement ratios outside this range. A possible tool for doing this is the mechanically-based critical shear crack theory (CSCT) of Muttoni (2008). The model is based on considerations of equilibrium and kinematics for an isolated axis-symmetrical slab. The model gives good predictions of punching resistance under concentric loading but its applicability to the design of flat slabs subject to reversed-cyclic loading requires further consideration. The paper presents the results of a parametric study which was carried out with the finite element program ATENA (Cervenka et al. 2007) in order to obtain an improved understanding of the influence of cyclic degradation on punching resistance. Maximum slab rotations are shown to increase under cyclic loading with a consequent degradation in unbalanced moment resistance and ultimate slab rotation. This finding is consistent with the predictions of the CSCT.

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Tsiampousi A, Yu J, Standing J, Vollum R, Potts Det al., 2017, Behaviour of bolted cast iron joints, TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 68, Pages: 113-129, ISSN: 0886-7798

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Vella JP, Vollum R, Jackson A, 2017, Headed bar connections between precast concrete panels loaded in bending, Pages: 989-997

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018. As part of a wider study into headed bar connections, this research concerns tests on precast concrete specimens connected by means of a joint developed and patented by Laing O'Rourke, known as the "E6 joint". The joint consists of lapped headed bars that, along with additional vertical shear studs and transverse bars used as confining reinforcement, allow a narrow joint width of only 200 mm to be used. The first part of this research included testing of small scale joint specimens subjected to direct tension, while the specimens presented here are tested in flexure. Variables tested include; the concrete strength in the joint, vertical misalignment of the precast panels, and absence of shear studs. Results show that tests in bending achieve a higher ultimate capacity than calculated from strengths of corresponding direct tension tests, whilst showing similar failure mechanisms. The experimental results are used to validate a three dimensional non-linear finite element model (NLFEM) of the joint. A strut-and-tie model (STM) used to determine the E6 joint design strength has been found previously to give safe predictions for specimens in tension whilst not fully capturing the observed joint behaviour. The STM gives even more conservative results for specimens in bending. The results presented in this paper will be used in future research to further optimise the joint design and reduce the degree of conservatism associated with the design model.

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Vella JP, Vollum RL, Jackson A, 2017, Investigation of headed bar joints between precast concrete panels, Engineering Structures, Vol: 138, Pages: 351-366, ISSN: 0141-0296

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The paper addresses the design and behaviour of narrow cast in-situ joints between precast concrete elements in which continuity of reinforcement is achieved through overlapping headed bars. Using headed bars minimises the lap length required within the cast-in-situ joint region. Confining reinforcement in the form of transverse bars and vertical shear studs is also installed in the joint. The paper describes a series of tensile tests which were carried out to simulate the tensile zone of a joint loaded in pure flexure. The headed bars used in the tests were 25 mm in diameter with 70 mm square heads and yield strength of 530 MPa. The tests studied the influences of concrete strength, headed bar spacing, splice length, transverse reinforcement and confining shear studs on joint strength. A lap length of 100 mm in concrete with 28 MPa cylinder strength was found to be sufficient to develop the full strength of the headed bars. A strut-and-tie model (STM) is presented for determining joint strength. Analysis shows that the STM gives safe results even though it does not fully capture the observed joint behaviour. An upper bound plasticity model is found to give relatively good predictions of joint strength in most cases, although it also does not always capture the correct failure mechanism. The tests provide insights into joint behaviour which, in conjunction with numerical modelling, will facilitate the development of an improved design method. Widespread use of this system would lead to improvements in buildability, sustainability and health and safety in the construction of concrete structures.

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Vella JP, Vollum RL, Jackson A, 2017, Numerical modelling of headed bar joints subjected to tension, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol: 69, Pages: 1027-1042, ISSN: 0024-9831

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Vella JP, Vollum RL, Jackson A, 2017, Flexural behaviour of headed bar connections between precast concrete panels, Construction and Building Materials, Vol: 154, Pages: 236-250, ISSN: 0950-0618

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The use of headed bars in joints between precast concrete elements allows continuity of reinforcement to be achieved over very short splice lengths. The paper describes a series of flexural tests carried out on specimens consisting of pairs of precast elements connected by overlapping headed bars of 25 mm diameter. The headed bars overlapped by 100 mm within a 200 mm wide in situ concrete joint in which transverse bars and vertical shear studs were installed to provide confinement. This type of joint facilitates the construction of continuously reinforced slabs from precast elements thereby enabling significant reductions in overall construction time and improvements in construction quality due to off-site fabrication. The tests investigated the influence on joint strength, ductility and crack width of concrete strength, out-of-plane offset of precast planks and confining shear studs. Ductile failure with yield of 25 mm diameter high strength headed bars was achieved with joint concrete having a cylinder compressive strength of 39 MPa. A nonlinear finite element model is presented, which gives good predictions of joint strength as well as providing insight into joint behaviour.

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Yu J, Standing J, Vollum R, Potts D, Burland Jet al., 2017, Experimental investigations of bolted segmental grey cast iron lining behaviour, TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 61, Pages: 161-178, ISSN: 0886-7798

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Albuquerque NGB, Melo GS, Vollum RL, 2016, Punching shear strength of flat slab-edge column connections with outward eccentricity of loading, ACI Structural Journal, Vol: 113, Pages: 1117-1129, ISSN: 0889-3241

Copyright © 2016, American Concrete Institute. All rights reserved. Thirteen tests were carried out to investigate the effect of outwards eccentricity on the punching resistance of flat slab edge column connections. The slabs measured 2350 x 1700 mm (92.5 x 66.9 in.) on plan and were 180 mm (7.1 in.) thick. One end of the slab was supported on a 300 mm (11.8 in.) square column with a boot at its base for imposition of eccentricity. The other end was supported on a fixed roller support that extended across the full slab width of 1700 mm (66.9 in.). Four point loads were applied to the unsupported slab edges. The tested variables were eccentricity and the areas of flexural, shear, and torsion reinforcement. Presented test results include reinforcement strains, displacements, rotations, crack patterns, failure modes, and ultimate loads. The ACI 318 design procedure for punching shear at edge columns with outwards eccentricity is shown to be overly conservative unless the interaction between punching shear and unbalanced moment is reduced as permitted by the code. The EC2 design procedure is unsatisfactory and a modification is proposed.

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Soares LFS, Vollum RL, 2016, Influence of continuity on punching resistance at edge columns, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol: 68, Pages: 1225-1239, ISSN: 0024-9831

© 2016 ICE Publishing: All rights reserved. The paper considers punching failure at edge columns of reinforced concrete flat slabs without shear reinforcement and unbalanced moments about an axis parallel to the slab edge. Edge column punching shear tests have been carried out on a variety of isolated and continuous specimens. The influence of eccentricity and continuity on punching resistance is assessed using existing experimental data, non-linear finite-element analysis and the critical shear crack theory as implemented in fib Model Code 2010 (MC2010). Relating punching resistance to the elastic unbalanced moment as done in MC2010 levels I to III is shown to be overly conservative for continuous slabs. The ACI 318 and Eurocode 2 practice of making the design punching resistance independent of the unbalanced moment is reviewed and shown to be reasonable, particularly for continuous slabs.

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Amini Najafian H, Vollum RL, 2015, Closed-form analytical solution procedure for element design in Dregions, Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering, Vol: 1, Pages: 1-15

This paper presents a novel procedure for solving the equations system of the rotating crack model used for reinforced concrete. It is implemented in the programme NonOPt where it is used to optimise the reinforcement design of D regions. The procedure is based on solving explicit closed-form relations without the need to incrementally increase the applied loads. The solution procedure is based on a secant modulus approach and is developed initially on the basis that the stress-strain response of the steel and concrete is linearly elastic. Subsequently the effect of material nonlinearities is included and the solution procedure is adapted accordingly. A reinforcement design procedure for membrane elements is described along with some case studies. The design procedure minimises the amount of reinforcement required to satisfy predefined design constraints. Material nonlinearities are taken into account, stress and strain compatibilities are satisfied and the design considers both the ultimate and serviceability limit states through the application of appropriate design constraints.

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Bilbao A, Izzuddin BA, Vollum RL, 2015, Enhanced nonlinear analysis of three-dimensional concrete structures using damage plasticity modelling, ISSN: 1759-3433

© Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper presents an improved numerical procedure for the nonlinear analysis of three-dimensional continuum concrete structures employing damage-plasticity constitutive modelling. Previous convergence difficulties when performing singlestep return mappings for larger strain increments necessitated resorting to substepping methods, at the cost of a greater computational expense when calculating the consistent algorithmic tangent stiffness. Quadratic convergence rate at the global level while maintaining the single-step return scheme for the constitutive model is achieved here with a potential reduction in the number of simultaneous equations and with the utilisation of a basic line search technique for particular cases. Initial singularity of the Jacobian matrix is thereby avoided, ensuring a reduction in the convergence measure towards the converged solution. The improved robustness of the enhanced algorithm is confirmed, and its performance at larger scale is demonstrated through two benchmark application examples.

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Bilbao AB, Izzuddin BA, Vollum RL, 2015, Enhanced nonlinear analysis of three-dimensional concrete structures using damage plasticity modelling, ISSN: 1759-3433

©Civil-Comp Press, 2015. This paper presents an improved numerical procedure for the nonlinear analysis of three-dimensional continuum concrete structures employing damage-plasticity constitutive modelling. Previous convergence difficulties when performing single-step return mappings for larger strain increments necessitated resorting to sub-stepping methods, at the cost of a greater computational expense when calculating the consistent algorithmic tangent stiffness. Quadratic convergence rate at the global level while maintaining the single-step return scheme for the constitutive model is achieved here with a potential reduction in the number of simultaneous equations and with the utilisation of a basic line search technique for particular cases. Initial singularity of the Jacobian matrix is thereby avoided, ensuring a reduction in the convergence measure towards the converged solution. The improved robustness of the enhanced algorithm is confirmed, and its performance at larger scale is demonstrated through two benchmark application examples.

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Goodchild CH, Morrison J, Vollum RL, 2015, Strut-and-tie models: How to design concrete members using strut-and-tie models in accordance with Eurocode 2, Publisher: MPA The Concrete Centre

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Soares LFS, Vollum RL, 2015, Comparison of punching shear requirements in BS 8110, EC2 and MC2010, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol: 67, Pages: 1315-1328, ISSN: 0024-9831

This paper compares design provisions for punching shear at internal columns in the superseded British Standard BS 8110, Eurocode 2 (EC2) and fib Model Code 2010 (MC2010). MC2010 is based on the critical shear crack theory proposed by Muttoni, which relates shear resistance to the width of the so-called 'critical shear crack' which depends on slab rotation. Parametric studies are presented that show BS 8110 to require significantly less shear reinforcement within 1·5d (where d is the slab effective depth) of the loaded area than EC2 and MC2010, both of which have been extensively calibrated against test data. This raises the question of whether flat slabs designed to BS 8110 have an adequate factor of safety against punching failure. This question is explored using nonlinear finite-element modelling in conjunction with MC2010 Level IV. It is shown that punching resistance at internal columns can be increased significantly by restraint from the surrounding slab but the strength increase is variable and, in the case of uniformly loaded slabs, already largely included in BS 8110 and EC2.

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Standing JR, Potts DM, Vollum R, Burland JB, Tsiampousi A, Afshan S, Yu JB, Wan MSP, Avgerinos Vet al., 2015, Investigating the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels, Underground Design and Construction Conference, Publisher: IOM3, Pages: 301-312

A major research project investigating the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels has beencompleted at Imperial College London. This subject is always of great concern during theplanning and execution of underground tunnelling works in the urban environment. Many citiesalready have extensive existing tunnel networks and so it is necessary to construct new tunnels ata level beneath them. The associated deformations that take place during tunnelling have to becarefully assessed and their impact on the existing tunnels estimated. Of particular concern is theserviceability of tunnels used for underground trains where the kinematic envelope must not beimpinged upon. The new Crossrail transport line under construction in London passes beneathnumerous tunnels including a number of those forming part of the London Underground network

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Standing JR, Potts DM, Vollum R, Burland JB, Yu JBY, Wan MSP, Avgerinos Vet al., 2015, Research into the effect of tunnelling on existing tunnels, Pages: 515-520

© The authors and ICE Publishing: All rights reserved, 2015. Increasing demands for providing transport systems in the urban environment has led to many tunnelling projects being undertaken worldwide. Many of the cities where new tunnels are to be constructed already have a comprehensive underground network of tunnels for both transport and services. New tunnels often have to be aligned beneath these and frequently there are concerns that their construction may cause unacceptable deformations of Ibe existing tunnels, potentially hindering their serviceability and in the extreme threatening their stability. The Crossrail project, currently underway in London, involves tunnelling beneath numerous existing tunnels. It therefore has provided a great opportunity to study this complex boundary value problem. This paper describes the philosophy behind a comprehensive research project, run in conjunction with the Crossrail construction, which has an emphasis on the response of older tunnels lined with grey cast iron segments. There is a focus on how the Central Line tunnels responded to new twin tunnel construction beneath them. The five main strands of the research arc: field monitoring within and around the existing tunnels; numerical analyses of the field conditions; structural testing of a half-scale grey cast iron segmental ring; numerical analyses of the ring and two-segment tests performed; advanced laboratory testing of London Clay samples taken during installation of field instrumentation. These activities link into each other. Some preliminary results are presented and the main finding to date arc summarised.

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Vollum RL, 2015, Concrete design guide No. 4: An introduction to strut-and-tie modeling, Structural Engineer, Vol: 93, Pages: 36-41, ISSN: 1466-5123

Strut-and-tie modeling is a simple method of modeling complex stress patterns in reinforced concrete as triangulated models. It is based on the same truss analogy as the design for shear in Eurocode 21 and can be applied to many elements, but is particularly useful where normal beam theory does not apply, or in places where plane sections do not remain plane, such as in deep beams, corbels and pile caps. EC2 provides information about the use of strut-and-tie modeling, which can be useful for engineers who want to take advantage of this useful analysis method.

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