AuthorWelp, Katherine Marie, 1958-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis is based upon a need to re-examine the assumptions and expand upon the results arrived at in recent studies on the flexural stiffness of reinforced concrete columns. A survey is presented of concrete column design over the last 200 years. Elastic and plastic behavior of concrete columns is discussed with respect to stiffness and Euler's buckling load. Some limitations and applications of buckling load are considered. Various current code approximations of stiffness are presented. Four possible methods for computing a more exact stiffness (EI) and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. The formula EI = M/φ provides the best solution. The two dimensional program RECTCOL which is based on the P-M-φ relationships is developed and explained. Then RECTCOL is used to show how the column flexural stiffness varies with axial load, reinforcement ratio, yield strength of the reinforcing steel, concrete strength, cover, and column dimensions. A flow chart and source code are included by RECTCOL.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics