Numerical Simulation as Alternative to Progressive Collapse Destructive Tests

Said Elkholy, Ahmad Shehada, Bilal El-Ariss

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2 Citations (Scopus)


Performing destructive tests to investigate the structure resistance to progressive collapse due to a column elimination is a very demanding and time consuming work. Therefore, verifying numerical modeling of progressive collapse of structures with available test data has been a desirable approach to develop an accurate numerical model, in lieu of demanding and costly destructive tests, that can be utilized to accurately predict the structure progressive collapse resistance. In this study, a simple fiber element-based numerical model is proposed to simulate and predict the progressive collapse resistance of such structures. The model was verified with test results for accuracy in order to be utilized in lieu of destructive tests. Reinforced concrete (RC) frame sub-assemblages with different column size, beam dimensions, and reinforcement ratios were numerically analyzed using the verified proposed model. The study demonstrates that developing a simple numerical model to investigate the progressive collapse of RC structures can be used as an alternative to destructive tests and difficult, demanding nonlinear finite element computations. The numerical results show that changing the RC frame sub-assemblage column size and beam dimensions has substantial effects as it completely changes the progressive collapse resistance and behavior of such frames. On contrast, reinforcement ratios had no effect of the structure behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZEMCH 2021 - 8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsKheira Anissa Tabet Aoul, Mohammed Tariq Shafiq, Daniel Efurosibina Attoye
PublisherZEMCH Network
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789948310006
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2021 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Oct 26 2021Oct 28 2021

Publication series

NameZEMCH International Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2652-2926


Conference8th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, ZEMCH 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • Fiber element approach
  • Numerical simulation
  • Progressive collapse
  • RC frame sub assemblages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Computer Science Applications


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