Numerical modelling of slab-column concrete connections at elevated temperatures

Rwayda Al Hamd*, Martin Gillie, Yong Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Flat slab-column concrete frames are an economical type of concrete building. The main advantages of this type of frame structure are that they are easy to construct, relatively cheap to build and offer flexible column arrangement. However, they are susceptible to a type of failure known as "punching shear", where columns "punch" through slabs. This is a particularly dangerous type of failure as it occurs suddenly. Punching shear occurring at high temperatures, such as in fire, is an obvious concern. This condition has been studied experimentally, but to date, there has been a very little numerical investigation of the topic. This paper presents a numerical study of the mechanics of punching shear failure at elevated temperatures, with a focus on the role of load induced thermal strain (LITS), which is shown to explain apparently anomalous experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIABSE Symposium 2017
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering the Future
Place of PublicationZurich
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781510864245, 9783857481536
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Sep 201723 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameIABSE Symposium Report


Conference39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future


  • FEM
  • Fire
  • LITS
  • Load induced thermal strain
  • Punching shear


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