Generating Optimal Strut-and-Tie Models in Prestressed Concrete Beams by Performance-Based Optimization

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Liang, Qing ORCID: 0000-0003-0333-2265, Xie, Yi Min and Steven, Grant P (2001) Generating Optimal Strut-and-Tie Models in Prestressed Concrete Beams by Performance-Based Optimization. Structural Journal, 98 (2). pp. 226-232. ISSN 0889-3241

Abstract

This paper deals with automatic generation of optimal strut-and-tie models in prestressed concrete beams by the performance-based optimization (PBO) method. In the present approach, developing strut-and-tie models in prestressed concrete members is transformed to the topology optimization problem of continuum structures. By treating prestressing forces as external loads, prestressed concrete beams can be analyzed, optimized and dimensioned with strut-and-tie models like reinforced concrete beams. Optimal strut-and-tie models in non-prestressed, partially-prestressed and fully-prestressed concrete beams are investigated by using the performance-based optimization technique. It is demonstrated that the magnitude of prestressing forces significantly affects the layouts of optimal strut-and-tie models in prestressed concrete members. The performance-based optimization method is shown to be effective in developing reliable strut-and-tie models for the design of prestressed concrete beams.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15247
DOI https://doi.org/10.14359/10191
Official URL https://www.concrete.org/publications/internationa...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > RFCD Classification > 290000 Engineering and Technology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords performance-based optimization, prestressed concrete, strut-and-tie models, topology optimization
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