Collapse behaviour in reciprocal frame structures

Elsa Garavaglia, Attilio Pizzigoni, Luca Sgambi*, Noemi Basso

*Corresponding author for this work

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"Reciprocal Frame" refers to a self-supporting grid structure used both for floor and roof. Using Finite Element Methods for non-linear solid mechanics and frictional-contact, this paper intends to analytically and numerically investigate the collapse behaviour of a reciprocal frame structure made of fibrereinforced concrete. Considering a simple 3-beam structure, it has been investigated using a solid finite element model. Once defined the collapse behaviour of the simple structure, the analysis has been generalized using a concentrated plasticity finite element method. Results provided will be useful for studying generic reciprocal frame structures with several beams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-547
Number of pages15
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 25
Externally publishedYes


  • Collapse behavior
  • Finite elements
  • Nexorades
  • Reciprocal frame
  • Space structures
  • Temporary structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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