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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

Volume: 343


Appears on pages(s): 452-461

Keywords: FRC design, MC2010, software, flexural, shear, crack width, crack spacing.

Date: 10/1/2020

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) cross sections. 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.


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