Interpretation of testing results for reinforced concrete panels

K. Pilakoutas, Amr S. Elnashai

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In the context of 'capacity design' and the requirements of failure mode control, the accurate and realistic interpretation of test results assumes a role of utmost importance. Moreover, the separation of overall action-deformation characteristics into components reflecting the true response mechanism (such as shear and flexure in reinforced concrete) enables preferential design in favor of a more ductile mechanism to another. In this context, the paper highlights common pitfalls in the control and interpretation of tests on mixed-mode (flexure/shear) reinforced concrete members; such misinterpretations were identified in recent publications and may lead to erroneous conclusions. Means of minimizing testing errors and possible remedial action are also briefly outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-645
Number of pages4
JournalACI Materials Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1993


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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Pilakoutas, K., & Elnashai, A. S. (1993). Interpretation of testing results for reinforced concrete panels. ACI Materials Journal, 90(6), 642-645.