VALIDATION OF FINITE ELEMENT MODELING FOR RECTANGULAR REINFORCED CONCRETE BEAMS WITH WEB OPENINGS

Abstract

The present paper aims to validate ABAQUS finite element model to analysis the rectangular reinforced concrete beams in order to study web opening effect on the shear, and ultimate strength of these beams. The validation has been achieved through comparison of load-- deflection curves obtained from the finite element model with those of experimental works of another researcher. The dimensions and flexural reinforcement of the beams were kept the same. The investigated test parameters were the size and the location of the openings. Comparison between load-deflection curves obtained from finite element model with those of experimental works indicates good agreement such that the proposed model can be adopted in future for further studies.