Effect of axial load and transverse reinforcements on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete columns

  • Mounir Ait BelkacemEmail author
  • Hakim Bechtoula
  • Nouredine Bourahla
  • Adel Ait Belkacem
Research Article


The aim of this research is to assess the seismic performance of reinforced concrete columns under different axial load and transverse reinforcement ratios. These two parameters are very important as for the ductility, strength, stiffness, and energy dissipation capacity for a given reinforced concrete column. Effects of variable axial load ratio and transverse reinforcement ratio on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete columns are thoroughly analyzed. The finite element computer program Seismo-Structure was used to perform the analysis of series of reinforced concrete columns tested by the second author and other researchers. In order to reflect the reality and grasp the actual behavior of the specimens, special attention was paid to select the models for concrete, confined concrete, and steel components. Good agreements were obtained between the experimental and the analytical results either for the lateral force-drift relationships or for the damage progress prediction at different stages of the loading.


reinforced concrete columns axial load transverse reinforcement ductility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mounir Ait Belkacem
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hakim Bechtoula
    • 1
  • Nouredine Bourahla
    • 2
  • Adel Ait Belkacem
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earthquake EngineeringNational Earthquake Engineering Research Centre (C.G.S)AlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, LGGC LaboratoryBlida 1-UniversityBlidaAlgeria
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringScience & Technology University (USTHB)AlgiersAlgeria

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