Variation of Structural Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Slab Due to the Repeated Cyclic Loading Idealized for Thermal Load
A variation of temperature by sunlight acting on a RC roof slab causes a change of stress in concrete since it expands during summer and is compressed during winter. This behavior repeats annually and affects structural capacity of member for both serviceability and ultimate level. In this paper, a variation of cyclic temperature loading is calculated by analyzing the weather data of Korea for 20 years. In addition, an experimental work is planned to find the long term effect of temperature change. Four RC slabs are made with same dimension. Test parameters are loading duration (10, 20, 30 years). Observation of stiffness variations according to cyclic loading duration shows that the serious stiffness drop happens after 10 year's cyclic loading at summer while after 30 year's loading at winter. From the failure test, maximum strength of specimen that experienced repeated preloading was approximately 12% less than standard specimen without any repeated preloading.
A. Saimoto and M.H. Aliabadi
S. Y. Seo et al., "Variation of Structural Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Slab Due to the Repeated Cyclic Loading Idealized for Thermal Load", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 452-453, pp. 697-700, 2011