Topic: Failure Mode

Dear All,

Intended mode of failure is splitting with stresses well below yield strength. But I am getting yielding in bar and L-D curve becomes plateau at peak load. In reality load should drop immediately after reaching peak value.
I double checked material properties, what could be possible reason of such behavior. L-D attached below. … sw7m1ZHc95


Re: Failure Mode

Hi Ali,
There is not enough data to help you. Pls share your experiment and Atena model.

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I assume that the problem can occur because of the following reasons:

1) both splicing bars are located within same "FE layer" of concrete. In other words, adjacent nodes of rebars are connected to the same concrete FE with master slave conditions (and bond as well). Try to place them in different concrete layers
2) define bond properties to overall length of bar instead of short part only
3) double check bond properties. make a small pull out test with the same bond to check whether this behaviour is what you expect
4) i would advice you to use ATENA Science. I believe it doesn't affect to result in this simple case but it is better for your future tasks and the user interface is much better

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Thank you for your suggestions

I tried again with first two recommendations, getting almost similar response. I have to minimize the stresses in steel at failure as it approaches to yield limit in current case.


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can you give detailed description of the experiment with material properties?

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Only available data has been shared in google drive … culCGMOVbS

Many Thanks

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First of all, there is no sense in using Arc Length method in your problem. Please check Theory manual for further details. Just in a few words: define prescribed displacement to steel frame and change solution method to Newton Raphson.

Secondly, try to define another bond law. Theoretically you should get closer curve if bond law would be less stiff. So I would define something like bilinear curve with three points: 0mm-0MPa, 0.02mm-2MPa, 1mm-2MPa
In this case your ultimate force should be much less than with previous bond. If it is less than the experiment, try to adjust bond law to get closer. Moreover, you don't have an exact bond law and the curve given in MC is not an exact relationship for all cases. You have to modify it to see how it affects to result.

Re: Failure Mode

Dear ali,
I'll just add a few details:

1. Before reading about the solution methods in ATENA Theory, I suggest to see Troubleshooting, methods.

2. When defining a bond law, please see Troubleshooting, 2.2.11How can I take reinforcement bond into account?
Note the law is Slip-Strength and therefore it is very unusual that it would start at 0 by 0 slip (unlike Slip-Stress laws).