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Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Structures

Numerical analysis of concrete using Finite Elements is being used increasingly to design and check structures. The complexity and scale of the analysis varies considerably, from simple linear analysis combined with code of practice rules to determine strength and deflection, to highly non-linear analyses that aims to predict strength and damage directly. Detailed concrete simulation, where the objective is to understand true behaviour as opposed to ensuring a conservative and approximate design solutions are reached, has gained particular interest in the assessment of existing structures and in designing precast components for repeated use. Here the cost of relatively expensive analyses is more than offset by avoiding demolition or by the accumulated savings associated with production engineering.

Structural concrete is often thought of as a simple, commonly available material. However, its varied constituents including aggregate, cement, water and reinforcement make it a complex composite material which can make it difficult to describe and to simulate. Now many Finite Element codes have proven capabilities for analysing the structural behaviour of concrete, but it can still be difficult to know how to make effective use of them, and it often remains a challenge applying them within mostly design code of practice frameworks.

The seminar covered the latest techniques being applied industrially, by leading practitioners, using case histories, but also provided some insight into the latest concrete modelling tools being researched and developed, and being incorporated into Finite Element software.


The Heteren Viaduct   
David Begg, TNO Diana


Concrete Modelling in Lusas; Mechanical Analysis & Coupled Hygro- Thermal-Mechanical Analysis
Paul Lyons, LUSAS


State-of-the-Art Review of Mathematical Models for Concrete  
John Karadelis, Coventry University


Modelling of Reinforced Concrete Structures Under Fire Conditions
Zhaohui Huang, Brunel University

Overview of NAFEMS Concrete Modelling Booklet, with Project Examples
Carl Brookes, Ramboll UK Limited

Modelling and Quality Improvements in 3D Concrete Design
Ane de Boer, Ministry of Transport & Public Works


Event Type: Seminar
Location: London UK
Date: May 1, 2013

Seminar Supported By

The Concrete Society, founded in 1966 is an independent membership organisation offering a comprehensive portfolio of products and services including an impartial technical advisory service, publications and magazines, information services and networking opportunities within the industry.  It has a broad membership base that includes professional engineers and designers, the contracting and material supply industry, academia and client bodies from over 60 countries.  Additionally, the Society provides increased opportunities for professional development in concrete.  It also runs regular day courses on varying subjects for the industry throughout the UK.

Membership involvement is key to the enduring success of The Society with a strong UK network of technical support and social activity.

Contact information:

The Concrete Society
Riverside House
4 Meadows BusinessPark
Station Approach
GU17 9AB
Tel: 01276 607140