A new programme of research may deliver innovative technologies to help in the development of more complex concrete structures. This new research project is enabling state-of-the-art design through the use of finite element limit analysis for solid concrete structures. This is helping to deliver savings in terms of materials and time, with a major impact for cost reduction. Meanwhile structures can be built more readily and with fewer environmental issues.
“With the current state of affairs, uncertainties and disputes among engineers are often encountered in practice regarding the actual load bearing capacity of solid concrete structures and the actual amount of minimum reinforcement that is required to ensure sufficient ductility”, explained Linh Cao Hoang, Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Project Manager of the research project.