Optimum Position of Shear Reinforcement of High-Strength Reinforced Concrete Beams


This paper reports experimental data on the behavior and strength of high-strength concrete slender beams reinforced with vertical shear reinforcement. Tests were conducted on ten reinforced concrete beams with stirrups in different positions using high-strength concrete (compressive strength about 85.0 MPa). The beams measured 2000 mm long, 100 mm wide and 200 mm deep, and were tested under two point loads. The test variables were position and amount of web reinforcement; conventional steel bars were used as longitudinal reinforcement in this investigation. The test results indicated that beams with shear reinforcement (vfy = 1.65 to 4.24MPa) within the shear span (G1) and along the beam length (G2), were failed in flexure, while beams with shear reinforcement (vfy = 1.65 to 4.24MPa) between two point loads (G3) and the beam without shear reinforcement (G4) were failed in shear. The optimum position of stirrups is the shear span for high strength concrete beams and for different amounts