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1 (% class="wikigeneratedid" id="HShrinkageStrain" %)
2 Free shrinkage strain behavior can be modeled as a load effect in reinforced concrete design and check.
4 Shrinkage effect is calculated as a specific rotation. The following formulas give the example of calculation for reinforced concrete slabs:
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11 The specific normal force causing the given shrinkage value (ε,,cs,, [‰]) in the concrete zone of the section is (here in X direction).
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13 |[[image:||alt="1583243603354-802.png"]]|(% style="width:806px" %)The position change of centre of gravity considering reinforcement bars (here X-direction; see dashed line), where [[image:||alt="1584536267263-190.png"]] and //S,,s,,// is the statical moment of (here) X-directional bars around the Y axis of the calculation plane.
14 |[[image:||alt="1583243608703-727.png"]]|(% style="width:806px" %)The moment around the Y axis of the calculation plane from //N,,x,,// because of the position change of centre of gravity.
15 |[[image:||alt="1583243613435-905.png"]]|(% style="width:806px" %)The specific rotation (curvature) from //M,,y,,// for 1 meter wide section, where [[image:||alt="1583243657849-969.png"]] .
17 **Definition steps**
19 1. Set the shrinkage strain (ε,,cs,,) value at the material properties of concrete structural elements.
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21 Figure: Shrinkage value of concrete materials(((
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23 |(% style="width:100px" %)[[image:||alt="1582804849244-917.png"]]|(% style="width:566px" %)Shrinkage effect is taken into consideration in RC design and check of concrete elements, which have **applied reinforcement**.
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25 1. Start the [[image:||alt="1583244327461-862.png"]] **Load case command**, and define one “+Shrinkage” type load-case with a name (such as “Shrinkage effect”). That means, the automatically calculated shrinkage effect is allowed on load-case level.
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27 Figure: Shrinkage effect added to a load case
28 1. Add the load case defined in the 2^^nd^^ step to load combinations/groups depending on the later RC design.
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