Numerical Investigation of Tension Reinforcement Lap Length of Eurocode 2 Using a Four-Point Beam Loading System

Blessing Oluwaseun Adeleke, Samuel Jonah Abbey, Adegoke Omotayo Olubanwo

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This report presents a computational research on Eurocode 2 (EC2) tension lap lengths (lo) design in a normally reinforced concrete beam, using ANSYS Workbench simulation software program by simulating a laboratory 4-point beam loading test system under static loading(discrete model approach). A typical 4-point laboratory setup loading system was modelled using an innovative and sustainable Finite Element Analysis (FEA) approach. In order to investigate the EC2 tension lap lengths (lo) design recommendation, a total of 100 analysis cases of lap lengths were considered for different reinforcement bar diameters of 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm and 25mm. The study has considered beam failure types, effects of failure load on the various lap length reduction cases and effects of steel reinforcement bar size changes on the design lap lengths. The analysis of results revealed that the yield strength of steel (fyk), diameter of tension reinforcement bar, (db), tensile strength of concrete (fctd) and concrete cover (cd) are the main parameters for a tension lap length design according to EC2. While a linear relationship exists between tension steel reinforcement bar sizes (db) and the obtained lap lengths (lo). The study reveals a potential use of 15% and 20% reduction in lap length (lo) for tension steel reinforcement bar sizes of 10mm, 16mm and 12mm and 20mm in comparison with the recommended design lap length of EC2. It was concluded that EC2 tension lap length design recommendation is conservative.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalLatin American Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019


  • Lap length
  • reinforced concrete
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Eurocode 2
  • failure modes
  • normal stress


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