Title: FRCcalc - Software for design of fiber reinforced concrete elements according to MC2010 recommendations
Author(s): Valente, T.; Barros, J.; Lourenço, L.
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 452-461
Keywords: FRC design, MC2010, software, flexural, shear, crack width, crack spacing.
A new software, denominated FRCcalc, was developed for the analysis and design of fiber
reinforced concrete (FRC) members based on the recommendations and design guidelines of
MC2010. The software can be used to perform ultimate and serviceability limit state safety
verifications of FRC structural members with and without conventional steel reinforcements,
submitted to bending and shear. A main feature of the software is the possibility to run a
comparative analysis of the structural performance between FRC and reinforced concrete (RC)
Two examples of the analysis of FRC and RC cross sections using FRCcalc are presented.
The first example explores the use of fiber reinforcement in members for increased structural
performance and as a total or partial replacement of conventional steel reinforcement. In the
second example, the accuracy of the software is assessed by comparing the flexural response
of a FRC shallow beam predicted by FRCcalc with experimental and analytical results available
in the literature.