Structural elements subjected to impact loads have a different response than those subjected to static loads. This research studied the effect of using shear reinforcement to reduce the local damage occurred when an impact load applied on a prestressed concrete beam. An accurate finite element model was provided for the analysis using the advanced volumetric finite element modeling program (ABAQUS). The concrete material was defined using the built in concrete damage plasticity model (CDP), that considers the nonlinear behavior of concrete when subjected to dynamic loading. All material properties were modified using the dynamic increase factor (DIF) to consider the effect of impact loading. It was realized that the failure was concentrated in the impact zone. However, using shear reinforcement reduced the permanent damage occurred due to impact.
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