Journal article

Plastic Hinge Length for Lightly Reinforced Rectangular Concrete Walls

Ryan Hoult, Helen Goldsworthy, Elisa Lumantarna

Journal of Earthquake Engineering | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2018


This research investigates the plastic hinge length in lightly reinforced rectangular walls typically found in regions of low-to-moderate seismicity. Poor performance has been exhibited by lightly reinforced concrete walls in past earthquake events. A series of finite element analyses have been carried out which demonstrate that if the longitudinal reinforcement ratio in the wall is below a certain threshold value, there will not be sufficient reinforcement to cause secondary cracking, and instead fracture of the longitudinal reinforcement at a single crack could occur. A plastic hinge length equation has been derived based on the results from the numerical simulations.