Benchmark Numerical Model for Progressive Collapse Analysis of RC Beam-Column Sub-Assemblages

Bilal El-Ariss, Said Elkholy, Ahmed Shehada

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The pertinence of the fiber element approach to enable thorough numerical investigation on the potential for progressive collapse of reinforced concrete (RC) frame structures owing to interior column exclusion is examined using twenty-nine RC sub-assemblages with five different test setups and three different test scales. A qualitative examination of the results reveals a good agreement between the test results and the outcomes of the fiber-element-based numerical model using the finite element package SeismoStruct. Moreover, minor discrepancies between the test and numerical data demonstrate the capability of the fiber-element-based model to accurately simulate the behavior of RC elements with various boundary conditions and scales under the context of progressive collapse. Given the costly nature of experimental research, test errors, and the lengthy testing process, the proposed numerical model based on the fiber element approach can be considered a viable option for analyzing structures under progressive collapse due to the interior column exclusion scenario. Engineers and researchers can use the conclusions and comments highlighted in the study as a guide to create accurate models for the analysis of RC structures subjected to progressive collapse.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Column removal
  • Fiber-element-based model
  • Numerical simulation
  • Progressive collapse
  • RC sub-assemblages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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