Low-Cycle Fatigue Criteria for the Seismic Design of Concrete Structures with High Strength Reinforcing Steel

Research purpose

This project will help establish cyclic deformation (strain) demands and acceptance criteria for low-cycle fatigue resistance of steel reinforcement in concrete structures subjected to earthquakes. Together with supporting data and information from other research involving testing of reinforced concrete components, the data on cyclic loading demands and reliability- based acceptance criteria that are developed through this project will facilitate the safe use of HS reinforcement in seismic force resisting systems.

The key objectives of this project are to (1) develop a reliability-based methodology for determining the minimum required low-cycle fatigue resistance of steel reinforcement in the seismic design of concrete structures, (2) apply the methodology to assess the cyclic strain/deformation demands in concrete components for a series of archetype concrete shear wall and frame building structures subjected to earthquakes, and (3) develop acceptance criteria for steel reinforcement in concrete structures, which are consistent with the seismic reliability criteria for buildings in ASCE 7 and related building code standards.

Stanford University
Project Area
Structural Engineering
CPF research grant #
Award amount
Grant period
May 2016 - Mar 2018
Grant Status
Principal Investigator
Gregory G. Deierlein, J.A. Blume Professor of Engi
Industry champions

Dominic Kelly, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Inc., Boston
Andrew Taylor, KPFF, Seattle

David Fields, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle
Ronald Hamburger, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Inc., San Francisco

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Research deliverables

Interim Report 1
Interim Report 2
Draft Final Report
Final Report


Final Report