EFFECT OF WEB REINFORCEMENT ON SELF-COMPACTING REINFORCED CONCRETE CONTINUOUS DEEP BEAMS

Abstract

The main purpose of this experimental study is to investigate the behavior and strength of self-compacting reinforced concrete continuous deep beams with and without web reinforcement. The program included cast and test of five beam specimens, in which the vertical and horizontal shear reinforcement were varied. All specimens had the same length, depths and main flexural reinforcement ratio and they were subjected to concentrated vertical loads only. It was found that the addition of vertical shear reinforcement with minimum ratio (ρv=0.25%) increases the both of cracking and ultimate loads by about 10%, When vertical shear reinforcement is increased by about 80% (from 0.25% to 0.45%) a noticeable increases in the ultimate load capacity is observed (the enhancement reached to 18.6%).When providing horizontal web reinforcement of (ρh=0.343%) in addition to the provided vertical shear reinforcement (ρv=0.25%), the cracking and ultimate loads increased by about (17.5% and 25%) respectively, while the previous ratios of the cracking and ultimate loads increased to (20% and 33%) respectively when vertical shear reinforcement increased to (ρv=0.45%).