Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 949–962 | Cite as

Nonlinear damage model for seismic damage assessment of reinforced concrete frame members and structures

  • Shuijing Xiao
  • Longhe XuEmail author
  • Xiao Lu
Research Paper


A nonlinear damage model based on the combination of deformation and hysteretic energy and its validation with experiments are presented. Also, a combination parameter is defined to consider the mutual effect of deformation and hysteretic energy for different types of components in different loading stages. Four reinforced concrete (RC) columns are simulated and analyzed using the nonlinear damage model. The results indicate that the damage evolution evaluated by the model agrees well with the experimental phenomenon. Furthermore, the seismic damage evolution of a six-story RC frame was analyzed, revealing four typical failure modes according to the interstory drift distribution of the structure; the damage values calculated using the nonlinear damage model agree well with the four typical failure modes.


RC frame structure Nonlinear damage model Damage evolution Combination parameter Hysteretic energy 



The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant 51578058) and the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Grant 8172038).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringBeijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina

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