Encyclopedia of Continuum Mechanics

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Impact on Reinforced Concrete Structures

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-53605-6_227-1



Impact on reinforced concrete (RC) structures is concerned about the effects, including the response characteristics and damage modes, of a RC structure when subjected to impact loads.


This entry covers impact effect on reinforced concrete structures. It begins with an overview of the types of impact actions concerned and the characteristic response and damage patterns of reinforced concrete structures. A brief discussion on the hard and soft impact and the corresponding impact loads follows. As generally understood, the response of reinforced concrete structures subjected to impact involves broadly three levels of dynamic processes, namely, (i) concentrated local effect such as penetration and perforation; (ii) extended local effect due to punching shear and shear plugging, which may be regarded as an intermediate phase between the local and global structural effects; and (iii) the overall...

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  1. 1.Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, School of EngineeringUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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  • Filipe Teixeira-Dias
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  1. 1.The University of Edinburgh - School of EngineeringEdinburghUK