Concrete Structures

Stresses and Deformations: Analysis and Design for Sustainability, Fourth Edition

By A. Ghali, R. Favre, M. Elbadry

© 2012 – CRC Press

646 pages

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Hardback: 9780415585613
pub: 2011-09-20

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About the Book

This text presents the most effective analysis for predicting the true stresses and deflections of concrete structures, accounting for creep and shrinkage of concrete and relaxation of prestressed reinforcement. Sustainability has become a major requirement in modern structures, which need to sustain satisfactory service over a longer life. It is not rare to specify a life span of 100 years for infrastructure such as bridges. This complete and wide-ranging study of stresses and deformations of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures focuses on design methods for avoiding the deflections and cracking that diminish serviceability.

This fourth edition has a new emphasis on designing for serviceability. It has been comprehensively updated. It now includes 65 solved examples and more than 45 instructive problems with answers given at the end of the book. An accompanying website contains design calculation programs, which allow interactive data input. Independent of codes of practice, the book is universally applicable, and is especially suitable for practising engineers and graduate students.


Praise for Previous Editions

This graduate level textbook is strongly recommended for practicing civil engineers and university level engineering libraries. The second edition of this work (1994) is widely held by academic libraries and there is sufficient new content in the third edition to warrant purchasing a copy of this newly revised title.


This book would be extremely useful to civil engineering students, researchers and practicising engineers, especially those who are involved with statically indeterminate prestressed and composite structures.

—The Structural Engineer

Overall a highly recommendable book which I would like to see on the desk of every student because of its good didactic structure and in the hands of every practising engineer because of its general applicability.

—Beton und Stahlbetonbau

This is a well presented book with a well balanced content. It should be useful to graduate students, research workers and practising engineers, particularly those involved with statistically indeterminate prestressed and composite structures.

—International Journal of Fatigue

. . . a complete and wide-ranging study of the stress and deformations of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, partially prestressed concrete and composite beams, slabs and frames. . . . All in all, this is a worthwhile book for structural design engineers needing to know more about the effects of creep of concrete on the stresses and deformations of structures.

—Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering

. . . this is a well-written textbook that successfully and extensively treats the critical subject of deformational behavior and long-term performance of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.

—Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering

Table of Contents

Creep and shrinkage of concrete and relaxation of steel

Stress and strain of uncracked sections

Special cases of uncracked sections and calculation of displacements

Time-dependent internal forces in uncracked structures: analysis by the force method

Time-dependent internal forces in uncracked structures: analysis by the displacement method

Analysis of time-dependent internal forces with conventional computer programs

Stress and strain of cracked sections

Displacements of cracked members

Simplified prediction of deflections

Effects of temperature

Control of cracking

Corrosion of steel reinforcement

Analysis and design for fatigue

Design for serviceability of prestressed concrete

Nonlinear analysis of plane frames

Serviceability of members reinforced with fibre reinforced polymers

Appendix A: Time functions for modulus of elasticity, creep, shrinkage and aging coefficient of concrete

Appendix B: Relaxation reduction coefficient χr

Appendix C: Elongation, end rotation and central deflection of a beam in terms of the values of axial strain and curvature at a number of sections

Appendix D: Depth of compression zone in a fully cracked T section

Appendix E: Crack width and crack spacing

Appendix F: Values of curvature coefficients s,  and cs

Appendix G: Description of computer programs provided at

About the Authors

Amin Ghali is Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering, at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and several other institutions. He practices consulting engineering and is an active member of the American Concrete Institute committees, including ACI 435, Deflection of Concrete Building Structures.

Renaud Favre is Emeritus Professor at the Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was formerly a Member of Council and Vice President of fédération internationale du béton (fib).

Mamdouh Elbadry is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. He is a structural engineering consultant and serves on several committees of the American Concrete Institute and on the fib task group on serviceability.

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