Title: Status and Potentialities Of Nonlinear Design Of Concrete Frames
Author(s): Herbert A. Sawyer, Jr.
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 7-28
With discussion by Milik Tichy and Milos Vorlicek; and Herbert A. Sawyer, Jr. Because structural failure generally occurs in successively more severe stages at successively less probable loads, design should ideally account for all stages and be based on comprehensive analysis utilizing a comprehensive, non-linear, force-strain relationship. The criterion for optimum design, using the failure-stage-versus-load profile, is derived. For frames, a method of comprehensive analysis based on a multilinear moment-curvature relationship, using critical moments and "plasticity factors," is presented. Procedures and the relative economics of comprehensive design and its special cases, elastic, plastic, and ultimate strength designs, are compared. A bilinear design procedure for concrete frames, based on two failure stages, is presented.