Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Probabilistic Modeling; Unified Theory


"Bond between deformed rebar and concrete is affected by rebar deformation pattern, concrete properties, concrete confinement, and rebar-concrete interfacial properties. Two distinct groups of bond models were traditionally developed based on the dominant effects of concrete splitting and near-interface shear-off failures. Their accuracy highly depended upon the test data sets selected in analysis and calibration. In this study, a unified bond model is proposed and developed based on an analogy to the indentation problem around the rib front of deformed rebar. This mechanics-based model can take into account the combined effect of concrete splitting and interface shear-off failures, resulting in average bond strengths for all practical scenarios. To understand the fracture process associated with bond failure, a probabilistic meso-scale model of concrete is proposed and its sensitivity to interface and confinement strengths are investigated. Both the mechanical and finite element models are validated with the available test data sets and are superior to existing models in prediction of average bond strength (< 6% error) and crack spacing (< 6% error). The validated bond model is applied to derive various interrelations among concrete crushing, concrete splitting, interfacial behavior, and the rib spacing-to-height ratio of deformed rebar. It can accurately predict the transition of failure modes from concrete splitting to rebar pullout and predict the effect of rebar surface characteristics as the rib spacing-to-height ratio increases. Based on the unified theory, a global bond model is proposed and developed by introducing bond-slip laws, and validated with testing of concrete beams with spliced reinforcement, achieving a load capacity prediction error of less than 26%. The optimal rebar parameters and concrete cover in structural designs can be derived from this study."--Abstract, page iii.


Chen, Genda

Committee Member(s)

Brow, Richard K.
Myers, John
ElGawady, Mohamed
Sneed, Lesley


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


National Science Foundation (U.S.)


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2014


xiii, 147 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-146).


© 2014 Chenglin Wu, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Reinforced concrete construction
Concrete -- Fracture
Enamel and enameling
Coating processes

Thesis Number

T 10492

Electronic OCLC #