3. Basic Assumptions of Theory for Flexural Strength

  1. R. Park and
  2. T. Paulay

Published Online: 7 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470172834.ch3

Reinforced Concrete Structures

Reinforced Concrete Structures

How to Cite

Park, R. and Paulay, T. (1975) Basic Assumptions of Theory for Flexural Strength, in Reinforced Concrete Structures, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470172834.ch3

Author Information

  1. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 JUL 1975

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471659174

Online ISBN: 9780470172834



  • reinforced concrete members;
  • brittle shear or ductile flexural failure;
  • concrete stress-strain curves;
  • compressive stress block parameters;
  • short-term loading tests


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Basic Behavior Assumptions

  • Equivalent Rectangular Stress Block

  • Concrete Strain at the Flexural Strength

  • Nonrectangular Compressed Areas

  • Effects of Slow Rates of Loading and of Sustained Load

  • Summary of Recommendations for the Determination of the Strength of Sections with Flexure and Axial Load

  • References