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# Jordan Journal of Civil Engineering, Volume 8, No.

1, 2014

## Diagonal Cracking Capacity and Ultimate Shear Strength of

Slender RC Beams without Web Reinforcement

## Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mutah University.

E-Mail: malzoubi@mutah.edu.jo

ABSTRACT
This study presents a method that combines both dimensional analysis and statistical regression analysis for
predicting the shear capacity of slender reinforced concrete (RC) beams without web reinforcement taking the
size effect into consideration. This method incorporates the modified Buckingham-PI theorem (Butterfield,
1999, Geotechnique 49(3), 357-366) to formulate two mathematical models for predicting the shear capacity
at the formation of diagonal tension cracks and at the ultimate shear strength. The results of the two models
are compared with several sets of existing experimental results. This study shows that the variations in the
experimental results of shear capacity of slender RC beams ( a / d 2.5 ) defined at the formation of
diagonal tension cracks of beams can be explained by the variations of the concrete tensile strength and the
variations in the experimental results of ultimate shear strength of slender RC beams ( a / d 2.5 ) can be
explained by the variations of the concrete splitting strength.

KEYWORDS: Reinforced concrete beams, Diagonal tension cracking, Moment capacity, Ultimate
shear strength, Concrete tensile strength, Concrete splitting strength.

## INTRODUCTION depth ratio a / d (Fig. 1), fail in different modes

including failure due to flexure, shear compression,
Many concrete structural members such as slabs diagonal tension cracking, concrete splitting of the
and foundations do not use shear reinforcement. Hence, compression zone, bond or anchorage. For RC beams
knowledge of shear carrying capacity of reinforced with shear span to depth ratio a / d greater than about
concrete (RC) beams without web reinforcement is 6, failure is generally governed by flexure whereas for
necessary in these cases (Rebeiz et al., 2000). RC beams with a / d of less than about 6, failure is
Furthermore, most theoretical and experimental studies initiated by the formation of diagonal tension cracks in
on beams without web reinforcement also provide the shear span. RC beams with 2.5 a / d 6
useful insights for the explanation of failure generally fail upon the formation of diagonal tension
mechanism in beams with stirrups (Zararis and cracks when the tensile concrete strength is reached or
Papadakis, 2001) particularly in the availability of shortly afterwards (MacGregor, 1997) when concrete
large shear database for reinforced concrete members splitting strength of the compression zone is reached
without shear reinforcement (e.g., Reineck et al., (Zararis and Papadakis, 2001); whereas beams with
2003). Reinforced concrete beams without web a / d of less than about 2.5 may carry additional loads
reinforcement may, depending on the shear span to in excess of those that cause the diagonal tension
cracks due to arch action (MacGregor, 1997).
Accepted for Publication on 6/11/2013. Various approaches or models are available in the

Diagonal Cracking Capacity Mohammed Shukri Al-Zoubi

literature for the evaluation and/or determination of the combined action of moment and shear taking the size
shear strength of RC beams (e.g., Clark, 1951; Van effect into consideration is evaluated at the formation
Den Berg,1962; Zsutty, 1968, 1971; Bazant and Kim, of diagonal tension cracks and at ultimate shear failure
1984; Vecchio and Collins, 1986; Hsu et al., 1987; by using a method that combines both dimensional
analysis and statistical analysis. Several sets of
Adebar and Collins, 1996; Collins et al., 1996;
experimental data were carefully selected such that the
Reineck, 1991; Kim and Park, 1996; Rebeiz, 1999;
influence of each basic variable (i.e., longitudinal steel
Zararis and Papadakis, 2001; Russo et al., 2005; Bentz
et al., 2006; AASHTO LRFD, 2004; CSA A23.3-2004; ratio , concrete compressive strength f c' , shear span
ACI318-2008; Arslan, 2008, 2010, 2012; Appa Rao to depth ratio a / d or beam size d ) can be separately
and Injaganeri, 2011). Despite the useful and valuable evaluated. Comparison with existing experimental
results reported in literature for the shear behavior of results as well as with four existing models supports
RC beams and factors affecting their shear failure (e.g., the validity of the two proposed models in predicting
ACI 445R-99), a fundamental theory explaining the and explaining the observed behavior of slender RC
mechanism of shear failure of beams is still missing or beams ( a / d 2.5 ) without web reinforcement.
unresolved (Zararis and Papadakis, 2001; Zararis,
2003) as evidenced by the differences between Dimensional and Regression Analysis for RC Beams
experimental results and theoretical analysis. As a for Different Modes of Failure
result, the available methods (including international Dimensional analysis by the modified Buckingham-
codes such as the AASHTO LRFD, 2004; CSA A23.3- PI theorem (Butterfield, 1999) is used in this study to
2004; ACI318-2008) are based on a rather empirical or evaluate the behavior of slender RC beams without
semi-empirical consideration. Hence, a dimensional web reinforcement. The goal of dimensional
analysis along with statistical regression analysis may analysis is to minimize the dimension space in
be suitable for predicting the behavior of RC beams which the behavior of a certain system might be
and can be used to give reasonably well predictions and studied by systematically combining the assumed
sufficiently accurate method of analysis if the governing n variables VAR V1 , V2 , V3 ,.., Vn ,
appropriate governing variables are considered. For involving a total of m independent primary
example, Phatak and Dhonde (2003) successfully dimensions D D1 , D2 , D3 ,.., Dm , into N ( n m)
formulated a general expression for the ultimate dimensionless groups (Phatak and Dhonde, 2003) as
torsional capacity of RC beams subjected to pure demonstrated in the following subsection.
torsion using dimensional analysis by the modified
Buckingham-PI theorem (Butterfield, 1999). Zsutty Slender RC Beams ( a / d 2.5 ) at the Formation of
(1968) also developed a model based on dimensional Diagonal Tension Cracks without Size Effect
analysis for the shear capacity of slender RC beams Dimensional analysis first requires identifying the
with depth d 50 cm without considering the size set of the appropriate governing variables and then the
effect. The Zsutty (1968) model may give reasonable set of independent primary dimensions. The shear
predictions for slender RC beams with d 50 cm; capacity v cr of slender RC beams without web
however, the Zsutty (1968) model may overestimate reinforcement at the formation of diagonal tension
the shear capacity for large RC beams ( d 50 cm) as cracking without considering size effect is dependent
will be shown later in this paper. on three governing variables: the longitudinal
In this study, the shear capacity of slender reinforcement ratio , shear span to depth ratio a / d
reinforced concrete beams without web reinforcement and concrete tensile strength f ct' (Zsutty, 1968).
having shear span to depth ratio a / d 2.5 under the Hence, the set of variables may be expressed for

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## slender RC beams without considering the size effect Q vcr . (7)

as follows: Using Eq. 7, isolated variables = { f c' , a / d , }
and repeating variables = { v cr }. Therefore, the

Variables vcr , f ct' , a / d , (1) dimensionless groups may be represented as follows:

## Therefore, n 4 and the set of dimensions of these

1 vcr , f ct' (8)
n variables can be written as follows:
2 vcr , (9)

Dimensions M L T 1 1 2 1 1
,M L T 2
, 0, 0 (2)
3 v cr , a / d . (10)
Thus, the number of independent primary
b
Thus, the dimensionless group 1 vcr f ct'
a
dimensions is: may
be expressed in dimensional form as:
m 3. (3)
M 0 L0T 0 [ M 1 L1T 2 ] a [ M 1 L1T 2 ]b . (11)
The condition of D min is satisfied by minimizing
the value of total number of primary dimensions m Hence, a 1 and b 1 , therefore,
and thus accounting for the greatest number of
v cr
dimensionless groups possible (Phatak and Dhonde, 1 . (12)
1 1 2 f ct'
2003). Therefore, assuming that F M L T , then:
Similarly, for the other two dimensionless
D min F , F ,0,0 . groups:
(4)
2 . (13)
Hence, a
m min 1 . (5) 3 . (14)
d

The number of repeating variables forming a set of Expressing these three dimensionless groups by
Q is equal to mmin 1 . Thus, the number of using a power-product relationship, the following
dimensionless Pi-groups is equal to expression may be obtained (i.e., 1 A1 2 B1 3 C1 )
N ( n m) 4 1 3 , which is also the same as the C1
v cr a
number of isolated variables. Let R be the set of A1 B1 ; (15)
variables (in Eq. 1) that have dimensions totally f ct d
distinct from each other, therefore, where A1 , B1 and C1 are constants.
The concrete tensile strength f ct' may be expressed
R v cr . (6) as a function of the concrete compressive strength f c'
as follows:
Dimensionless groups are formed by the
combination of the repeating (Q) and isolated (NOTQ) f ct D1 f c' E1
. (16)
variable sets (Phatak and Dhonde, 2003). Q is to be
selected from R, therefore, Q may be taken as follows: Hence, the shear capacity of slender RC beams
defined at the formation of diagonal tension cracks

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without size effect may be expressed as follows: the set of governing variables may be expressed for
slender RC beams including the size effect as follows:

C1
E1
a
vcr K1 B1 f c' . (17)
d
Variables v cr , f ct , a / d , . (20)
Equation 17 may be expressed in a logarithmic
form to allow the use of multiple linear regression The size effect law (Bazant and Kim, 1984) is
analysis as follows: suggested to be applied directly to the concrete tensile
a ; (18) strength as follows:
log vcr log K 1 B1 log E1 log f c' C1 log
d

## where A1 , B1 , C1 , D1 , E1 and K1 are constants

f ct D 2 f c'
E2
(21)
to be determined empirically by multiple linear
1
regression analysis using the shear capacity of slender ; (22)
RC beams ( a / d 2.5 ) without web reinforcement at 1 d / d0
the formation of diagonal tension cracking. Zsutty where D 2 is constant and d 0 is defined in terms of
(1968, 1971), based on a similar analysis, suggested the the maximum aggregate size d a as d 0 25d a
following empirical expression: (Bazant and Kim, 1984).
Based on dimensional analysis using modified
1/ 3
V d Buckingham theory (Butterfield, 1999) similar to the
vcr 60 f 'c in psi units
bd a (19) analysis described earlier, the following expression
1/ 3
V d may be obtained:
vcr 2.2 f 'c in MPa units.
bd a

C2
E2
a
As can be seen, the Zsutty model is independent of v cr K 2 B 2 f c' ; (23)
the beam size and is valid only for the sizes of beams d
(i.e., d 50 cm) that were utilized to develop this where A2 , B2 , C 2 , D 2 , E 2 and K 2 are
empirical model as will be shown later in this study. constants to be determined empirically.
The following equation is suggested in this study
Slender RC Beams ( a / d 2.5 ) at the Formation of for the shear capacity of slender ( a / d 2.5 ) RC
Diagonal Tension Cracks with Size Effect beams without web reinforcement at the formation of
The beam size is an important factor affecting the diagonal tension cracks taking the size effect into
shear strength of slender RC beams. There is strong consideration:
evidence (Leonhardt and Walther, 1962; Kani, 1967;
1/ 3
Bhal, 1968; Taylor, 1972; Walraven, 1978; Chana, V d
vcr 70 f 'c in psi units
1981; Shioya et al., 1989; Bazant and Kazemi, 1991; bd a (24)
1/ 3
Collins and Kuchma, 1999) that the shear strength of V d
vcr 2.6 f 'c in MPa units.
beams decreases as the depth of the beam becomes bd a
larger. In order to take the beam size into Slender RC Beams ( a / d 2.5 ) at Ultimate Shear
consideration, the shear capacity v cr of slender RC Strength with Size Effect
beams without web reinforcement at the formation of The shear capacity of slender RC beams without
diagonal tension cracking is assumed herein to be web reinforcement at the formation of diagonal tension
dependent on four governing variables: the longitudinal cracking is mobilized when the concrete tensile
reinforcement ratio , shear span to depth ratio a / d , strength is reached. Still, the beam can carry additional
concrete tensile strength f ct' and beam size d . Hence, loads after the formation of diagonal tension cracking

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by the compression zone above the neutral axis. reinforcement ratio , span to depth ratio a / d ,
Therefore, the ultimate shear strength of slender RC concrete splitting strength f sp and beam size d .
beams without web reinforcement may be attained after Therefore, the sets of variables may be expressed for
the formation of diagonal tension cracking when the slender RC beams taking into consideration the size
concrete splitting strength f sp of the compression zone effect as follows:
is reached (Zararis and Papadakis, 2001). Hence, the
ultimate shear strength is dependent on the longitudinal
Variables v u , f sp , a / d , . (25)

P P
a a
shear span pure bending shear span

h d
longintudinal reinforcement

P L P

Figure (1): Typical simply supported reinforced concrete beam under two-point loading

Based on dimensional analysis using the modified Comparison between Ultimate and Cracking Shear
Buckingham-PI theory (Butterfield 1999), the Strengths
following expression may be obtained for the ultimate The ratio of the ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29) to
shear strength: the cracking shear capacity at the formation of diagonal
tension cracks (Eq. 24) is about 1.22. This value is
vu C3
A3 B3 a (26) within the range obtained from the experimental results
f sp d
of slender RC beams of Fig. 2, which shows the
f sp D3 f c' E3
(27) variation of ultimate shear strength Vu / bd f c' as a

C3
a
E3 function of cracking shear capacity V cr / bd f c' .
vu K 3 B 3 f c' . (28)
d The variation or scatter observed in Fig. 2 may be
The following expression is suggested in this study due the differences (between and within the tests
for the ultimate shear strength of slender RC beams series) in the definition and identification of the
( a / d 2.5 ) without web reinforcement taking the size cracking shear and in the representation of the concrete
effect into consideration: compressive strength (Zsutty, 1968). Furthermore, it is
difficult, in many cases, to differentiate experimentally
1/ 3
V d
vcr 85 f c' in psi units between the shear capacity at the formation of diagonal
bd a (29) tension cracking and the ultimate shear strength at
1/ 3
V d beam failure; the same values for the ultimate and
vcr 3.2 f c' in MPa units.
bd a

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## cracking shear strengths have been reported for a evidenced in Fig. 2.

considerable number of slender RC beams as

15 30
Moody (1954)

1. 1.
6

=
Krefeld and Thurston (1966)

tio tio
Van Den Berg (1962)

ra ra
=
5

00
Vu / b d sqrt f'c , psi units

1.
116 beams

=
tio
ratio = 1.073

ra
4 CoV = 13.7 %

3 a / d = 2.87 to 8.52
= 0.80 to 5.09 %
f'c = 1.77 to 5.66 ksi
d = 9.36 to 19.0 in.
b = 6.0 to 12.0 in.
2
more than 80 % of data points are
within 15 % above the cracking loads

1.5
1.5 2 3 4 5 6 7
Vc / b d sqrt f'c , psi units

Figure (2): Comparison between ultimate shear strength and cracking shear capacity for
116 beams without web reinforcement

Slender RC beams, with 2.5 a / d 6 , generally 1984) are practically within the range or limits
fail upon the formation of diagonal tension cracks or provided by the two models presented in Eq. 24 for the
shortly afterwards (MacGregor, 1997). Diagonal cracking shear capacity (as a lower limit) and in Eq. 29
tension cracks are expected to form when the diagonal for the ultimate shear strength (as an upper limit).
tensile stress becomes equal to concrete tensile Additional experimental results are provided later in
strength. However, slender RC beams may fail after the this study for supporting the validity of the two
formation of diagonal tension cracks when concrete proposed models.
splitting strength of the compression zone is reached
(as may be deduced from the work of Zararis and Validity of the Proposed Models: Comparison with
Papadakis, 2001). Hence, the ratio between the Experimental Results and Other Existing Models
ultimate and cracking shear strengths may also be Several sets of existing experimental results on
interpreted on average as the ratio between the concrete shear capacity at the formation of diagonal tension
splitting strength that may be given by f sp 6 f c
'
cracking and on ultimate shear strength of slender RC
and the concrete tensile strength that may be taken as beams are utilized herein to show the capability of the
f ct 5 f c' . Figure 3 shows that the experimental two proposed models in predicting the observed
results of slender RC beams (Mphonde and Frantz, behavior and variations of the experimental results with

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different governing variables. Each set was carefully 2.5 after which the shear strength decreases much more
selected in order to examine the influence of one single slowly. Figures 4 and 5 show that deep RC beams
variable at a time. Furthermore, four expressions for ( a / d 2.5 ) can carry large additional loads after the
computing the shear capacity of slender RC beams formation of diagonal tension cracking by arch action.
without web reinforcement (Zsutty, 1968; MCFT of Figures 4 and 5 also show that, for slender RC
Vecchio and Collins, 1986; Zararis and Papadakis, beams ( a / d 2.5 ), the experimental results are within
2001; ACI 318-08) have been selected in order to the range or limits provided by the two models
verify and compare the two proposed models with proposed for the shear capacity at the diagonal tension
these existing models. cracking (as a lower limit) and for the ultimate shear
strength (as an upper limit). Furthermore, the values of
Influence of Shear Span- Depth Ratio a / d on the cracking and ultimate shear strengths are quite
Cracking and Ultimate Shear Strengths comparable to those of the models of Zsutty (1968) and
Figures 4 and 5 compare the variation of Zararis and Papadakis (2001).
V/ f ' c bd as a function of shear span - depth rati It should be pointed out that the Zsutty (1968)
model is independent of the beam size d (i.e., shear
( a / d value) of the proposed cracking and ultimate
capacity is constant with d ). It is thus expected that
shear strengths with experimental results (Kani, 1967;
this model may give reasonable results for beams with
Bukhari and Ahmad, 2007) as well as with the models
d 50 cm because this model was developed
of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001);
empirically for such beams. The Zsutty (1968) model
other variables ( , f ' c , and d ) are being practically
may significantly overestimate the shear capacity for
constant as shown in the figures. As can be seen, the large beams ( d 50 cm) as will be illustrated later in
experimental ultimate shear strength decreases
this paper.
drastically as the a / d value increases from 1 to about

0.5
Cracking capacity (experimental)
Ultimate strength (experimental)
Vu / b d sqrt f'c , MPa units

0.4
cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)

0.3

0.2

= 3.36 % ; a / d = 3.6
0.1 b = 15.2 cm ; d = 29.8 cm Data from Mphonde
da = 0.953 cm and Frantz (1984)

0.0
0 20 40 60 80 100
f'c , MPa

Figure (3): Experimental results are within the limits provided by the two proposed models developed for
cracking shear capacity and for ultimate shear strength

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1200
Kani (1967) ultimate shear (experimental)
cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
Zsutty (1968)
900 Zararis and Papadakis (2001)

due to arch action
a / d < 2.5
vc , psi

## 600 = 2.55 to 2.87 %

da = 0.75 in (19 mm)
b = 6.0 in (152 mm)
d = 21.2 in (538 mm)
f'c = 3.94 ksi (27.2 MPa)
300 fy = 53.9 ksi (372 MPa)

0
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
a/d
Figure (4): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results and models of
Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for different values of a / d from 1 to 8

10
Bukhari and Ahmad (2007) (Exper.)
Zararis and Papadakis (2001)
Zsutty (1968)
8 cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
V / b d sqrt psi

6
= 1.94 %
f'c = 7.69 to 8.21 ksi
4 b = 6.0 in ; d = 10.5 in

ACI (2008)
2
ultimate strength

0
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
a/d

Figure (5): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results and models of
Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for different values of a / d from 1 to 6

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## 6 cracking capacity (experimental)

ultimate strength (experimental)
Zsutty (1968)
5 Zararis and Papadakis (2001)
cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
4
v / b d sqrt

2 a / d = 3.80
f'c = 2.98 - 3.23 ksi
1 Experimental Data b = 6 in (15.2 cm)
Krefeld and Thurston (1966) d = 9.5 in. (24.1 cm)

0
0 1 2 3 4 5
,%
Figure (6): Comparison of the proposed models with experimental results and models of Zsutty (1968) and
Zararis and Papadakis (2001) with varying (cracking and ultimate strengths)

0.5
cracking shear capacity (experimental)
ultimate shear strength (experimental)
proposed cracking model (Eq. 24)
0.4
Vu / b d sqrt f'c , MPa units

## Ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)

Zararis and Papadakis (2001)
Zsutty (1968)
0.3

0.2

= 3.36 % ; a / d = 3.6
0.1 Data from Mphonde
b = 15.2 cm ; d = 29.8 cm
and Frantz (1984)
da = 0.953 cm

0.0
0 20 40 60 80 100
f'c , MPa

Figure (7): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results and with the models of
Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for varying f c'

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Influence of Steel Ratio on Diagonal Tension reasonably utilizing the four models. These models
Cracking and Ultimate Shear Strengths show that the shear capacity ( V / f ' c bd ) generally
Figure 6 compares the variation of V / f ' c bd as a increases with , but the rate of increase varies
function of steel ratio obtained by the two proposed significantly. The rate of increase in shear capacity is
models for diagonal tension cracking capacity and for relatively small for beams with steel ratio greater than
ultimate shear strength with experimental results about 1% to 2%. The Zsutty (1968) model again gives
(Krefeld and Thurston, 1966) as well as with the reasonable results because the beams of Fig. 6 have
models of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis d 50 cm. However, the Zsutty (1968) model may
(2001). As can be seen, the general trend and values of significantly overestimate shear capacity for large
the experimental results can be predicted quite beams ( d 50 cm) as shown later in this paper.

0.5
shear strength (experimental)
cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
0.4 ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
Vu / b d sqrt f'c , MPa units

## Zararis and Papadakis (2001)

Zsutty (1968)

0.3

0.2
ACI 318 (2008)

= 1.8 %
0.1
a / d = 4.0 Data from
b = 20 cm ; d = 28 cm Papadakis (1996)

0.0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
f'c , MPa

Figure (8): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results (Papadakis, 1996) and
with the models of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for varying f c'

Influence of Concrete Compressive Strength f ' c on Figures 7 to 9, which include a wide range of concrete
Shear Strength compressive strength, show that these models can
reasonably predict the general behavior of shear
Figures 7 to 9 compare the variation of V / f c' bd
capacity with f c' that yield almost parallel lines for
as a function of f c' obtained by the two proposed
V/ f c' bd as a function of f c' . Figures 7 to 9 show
models for diagonal tension cracking capacity and for
ultimate shear strength of slender RC beams with three that the experimental results of slender RC beams are
sets of experimental results as well as with the models practically within the range or limits provided by the
of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and papadakis (2001). two models presented in Eq. 24 for the cracking shear

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capacity and in Eq. 29 for the ultimate shear strength 30 d 120 cm. As can be seen, the two proposed
(despite the relatively large scatter in the experimental models and MCFT model (Appendix 3) as well as the
results observed particularly in Fig. 9). Figure 10, model of Zararis and Papadakis (2001) can reasonably
however, shows that the calculated values of the predict the general trend of the shear capacity with the
cracking shear capacity are within about 10% of those
variation of the beam size d where the diagonal
experimentally measured for the cracking shear
cracking shear capacity model (Eq. 24) provides a
capacity of slender RC beams with a / d 2.5 .
lower limit and the ultimate shear strength model (Eq.
29) provides an upper limit for the slender RC beams
Influence of Beam Size d on Shear Capacity with a / d 2.5 . Figure 11 shows that the Zsutty
Figure 11 compares the variations of V / f ' c bd (1968) model, which is independent of the beam size
as a function of the beam depth d obtained by the two d , overestimates the shear capacity for slender RC
proposed models for cracking and ultimate shear beams with depth greater than about 30 cm for this
strengths and experimental results of Bhal (1968) series of tests.
slender RC beams with depth in the range

6
Data from = 4.32 %
5 Van Den Berg (1962) a / d = 3.50
b = 9 in (22.9 cm)
d = 14.14 in. (35.9 cm)
V / b d sqrt f'c , psi

## 2 cracking capacity (experiment)

ultimate shear strength (experiment)
cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
1 ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
Zararis and Papadakis (2001)
Zsutty (1968)

0
1000 3000 5000 7000 9000
f'c , psi

Figure (9): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results and with
the models of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for varying f c'

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS web reinforcement taking into consideration the size
effect under the combined action of moment and shear
A method that combines dimensional analysis and is presented. This method incorporates the modified
statistical regression analysis for predicting the shear Buckingham-PI theorem (Butterfield, 1999) to
strength of slender reinforced concrete beams without formulate general expressions for the shear capacity

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under different conditions. Two models are proposed well predictions and sufficiently accurate method of
for predicting the cracking shear capacity at the analysis. This study shows that the large variations in
formation of diagonal tension cracks and the ultimate the experimental results of shear strength of slender RC
shear strength. Comparison of the results of the two beams ( a / d 2.5 ) defined at the formation of
proposed models with several sets of existing diagonal tension cracks can be explained by the
experimental results supports the validity of the two variations of the concrete tensile strength.
proposed models in predicting and explaining the This study also shows that the large variations in
observed behavior of slender RC beams ( a / d 2.5 ) the experimental results of ultimate shear strength of
without web reinforcement and also shows that slender RC beams ( a / d 2.5 ) can be explained by
dimensional analysis can be used to give reasonably the variations of the concrete splitting strength.

4.5
Van Den Berg (1962)
4 Taylor and Brewer (1963)
Krefeld and Thurston (1966)
calculated Vcr / b d sqrt f'c , psi

e
lu
3.5 Bhal (1968)

va
d
re
su
ea
m

3
of
%
0
11

2.5
e
lu
va
ed
ur
s
ea

2
m
of
%
90

cracking capacity
1.5
1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5
measured Vcr / b d sqrt f'c , psi

Figure (10): Comparison of the calculated cracking shear capacity with experimentally
measured shear capacity for slender RC beams with different values of a / d 2.5

## The model proposed for the cracking shear capacity Appendices

at the formation of diagonal tension cracks provides a 1- Model of Zararis and Papadakis (2001)
lower limit (within only about 10%) for the Zararis and Papadakis (2001) suggested the
experimentally measured values and the model following expression for evaluating the ultimate shear
proposed for the ultimate shear strength provides an strength for slender RC beams without web
upper limit for the experimentally measured values. reinforcement having a / d 2.5 .

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0.4
shear strength (experimental)
Zsutty (1968)
Zararis and Papadakis (2001)

## Vu / b d sqrt f'c , MPa units

0.3 cracking shear capacity (Eq. 24)
ultimate shear strength (Eq. 29)
MCFT

Zsutty (1968)
0.2

## ACI 318 (2008)

0.1 a / d = 3.0
= 1.28 % Data from
f'c = 22.8 to 29.1MPa Bhal (1968)

0.0
0 25 50 75 100 125 150
d , cm

Figure (11): Comparison of the two proposed models with experimental results and MCFT model and
the models of Zsutty (1968) and Zararis and Papadakis (2001) for varying d

vu
V c
d f ct (30)
f ct 0.30 f c'
2/3
; (33)
bd d
where d is in meters and f c' in MPa. This model
a
d 1.2 0.2 d 0.65 (31) was developed based on the concrete splitting strength
d
of compression zone above the neutral axis in the shear
2 span. The Zararis and Papadakis (2001) model may
c c
600 ' 600 ' 0 (32) also be rewritten as follows:

d fc d fc

2
vu
0.30d

f c
' ' '

300 600 * 300 f c' 1/ 6
(34)
f c' fc fc

2- ACI Code Formula (ACI 318-08) shear strength at which diagonal flexure-shear cracking
The ACI Code (ACI 318-08) has accepted the develops in beams without web reinforcement.
following empirical bilinear expression as the nominal

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V Vd
1.90 2500 3 .5 [in psi units]
bd f ' c M f ' c
(35)
V Vd
0.16 17 0.29 [in MPa units].
bd f ' c M f ' c

The ACI Code (ACI 318-08) has also allowed the control the capacity of the member; the average stress
use of a simplified expression as follows: calculation is used only for estimating the inclination
of the critical diagonal crack (ACI-ASCE, 1998).
V According to the MCFT model, the shear strength of
2 [in psi units] RC members without web reinforcement may be
bd f ' c
(36) expressed as follows:
V 1
[in MPa units].
6 V
bd f ' c v f 'c (37)
bw d v
3- Model of the Modified Compression Field Theory where is a function of the size effect
(MCFT) (1986) s xe s z 35 /(15 a g ) and strain x that can be
In the modified compression field theory MCFT expressed for reinforced concrete beams (ACI-ASCE
(Vecchio and Collins, 1986), the behavior of reinforced 1998) as follows:
concrete is evaluated by considering equilibrium,
M / d v 0.5V cot
compatibility and stress-strain relationships that x . (38)
As E s
include an average concrete tension component to the
concrete stress-strain relationship (Bentz and Collins, The two proposed models are compared with the
2006). The MCFT was used as the basis for the shear MCFT models in terms of the shear capacity
provisions in the Canadian Standard Association (CSA V / bd f ' c as a function of the steel ratio d (Fig. 11).
2004 A23.3-04) and the American Association of State The MCFT predictions were carried out according to
Highway and Transportation Officials LRFD bridge the general procedure described in Bentz and Collins
design specifications (AASHTO, 2004). (2006) using a spread sheet; the strain x and the angle
The MCFT is formulated in terms of average of the average principal compression were adjusted
stresses and requires a check to ensure that the loads until the value of from the average shear stress is
resisted by the average stresses can be transmitted
equal to the value of from the local shear stress and
across the crack. For members without transverse
reinforcement, the local stresses at cracks always the strain x is equal to that calculated from Eq. 38.

## NOTATION D1 , D2 etc. = primary dimensions

f c' = cylindrical compressive strength
a = shear span f ct' = concrete tensile strength
a / d = shear span-to-depth ratio f sp = concrete splitting strength
As = area of tension reinforcement f y = yield strength of longitudinal steel
b = width of beam h = total depth of beam
d = effective depth of beam L = length

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## m = number of independent primary dimensions vu = ultimate shear strength

M = mass V1 , V2 etc. = basic variables
n = number of the basic variables = longitudinal reinforcement ratio
T = time = beam size factor
vcr = diagonal cracking capacity

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