• Flexural strength is calculated automatically.


As = area of nonprestressed longitudinal tension reinforcement, mm2
a = depth of equivalent rectangular stress block, mm.
bw = web width or diameter of circular section, mm.
c = distance from extreme compression fiber to neutral axis, mm.
Cc = concrete compressive force, kN
Cs = reinforcement tension force, kN
d = distance from extreme compression fiber to centroid of longitudinal tension reinforcement, mm.
fck = specified compressive strength of concrete, MPa
fcd = design compressive strength of concrete, MPa
fyk = specified yield strength for nonprestressed reinforcement, MPa
fyd = design yield strength for nonprestressed reinforcement, MPa
Md = desing flexural strength at section, kNm
Mn = nominal flexural strength at section, kNm
γ = strength reduction factor
εs = net tensile strain in extreme layer of longitudinal tension reinforcement at nominal strength, excluding strains due to effective prestress, creep, shrinkage, and temperature
k1 = factor relating depth of equivalent rectangular compressive stress block to depth of neutral axis

Flexural Strength

Nominal flexural strength Mn is calculated based on the following Design Assumptions. Acconrding to TS500 Chapter 7, design strength of a section is defined as Md.

Design assumptions

The flexural and axial strength of a member calculated by the strength design method, two basic conditions should be satisfied:

  1. equilibrium

  2. compatibility of strains

Equilibrium means balancing of forces acting on the element cross section at nominal strength. Stress-strain relationship for the concrete and the reinforcement at nominal strength is established within the design assumptions described follow:

  • Equilibrium is satisfied at each section.

  • It is assumed that strain in concrete and reinforcement is proportional to the distance from neutral axis.

Design strength is calculated by using these assumptions together with design assumptions for concrete described follow:

  • Maximum strain at the extreme concrete compression fiber is assumed equal to 0.003.

  • Tensile strength of concrete is neglected.

  • The relationship between concrete compressive stress and strain is represented by equivalent rectangular concrete stress distribution method.

  • Concrete stress of 0.85fcd is assumed uniformly distributed over. Equivalent rectangular concrete stress zone bounded by edges of the cross section and a line parallel to the neutral axis located a distance a from the fiber of maximum compressive strain, as calculated by:

  • The distance between the fiber of maximum compressive stress and the neutral axis, c, is perpendicular to the neutral axis.

  • The value of k1 is determined using TS500 Table 7.1.

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The design strength of concrete and reinforcement materials is given below.

Desing flexural strength Md is calculated as shown below.

The total forces Cc and Cs resulting from the stresses of concrete and reinforcement are shown below.

From the equation of equilibrium:

Nominal flexural strength Mn: