Reinforcement conforming to ASTM A706 Grade 80 may be used in Seismic Design Category (SDC) A for all components. For SDCs B, C and D, ASTM A706 Grade 80 reinforcing steel shall not be used for elements and connections that are proportioned and detailed to ensure the development of significant inelastic deformations for which moment curvature analysis is required to determine the plastic moment capacity of ductile concrete members and expected nominal moment capacity of capacity protected members. ASTM A706 Grade 80 reinforcing steel may be used for capacityprotected members such as footings, bent caps, oversized shafts, joints, and integral superstructure elements that are adjacent to the plastic hinge locations if the expected nominal moment capacity is determined by strength design based on the expected concrete compressive strength with a maximum usable strain of 0.003 and a reinforcing steel yield strength of 80 ksi with a maximum usable strain of 0.090 for #10 bars and smaller, 0.060 for #11 bars and larger. The resistance factors for seismic related calculations shall be taken as 0.90 for shear and 1.0 for bending. ASTM A706 Grade 80 reinforcing steel shall not be used for oversized shafts where inground plastic hinging is considered as a part of the EarthquakeResisting System (ERS). ASTM A706 Grade 80 reinforcing steel shall not be used for transverse reinforcement in members resisting torsion.
For seismic hooks, f_{y} shall not be taken greater than 75 ksi. Modifications to Resistance Factors for Conventional Construction (AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.5.4.2.1): For sections in which the net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel at nominal resistance is between the limits for compressioncontrolled and tensioncontrolled sections, f may be linearly increased from 0.75 to that for tensioncontrolled sections as the net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel increases from the compression controlled strain limit, e_{cl}, to the tensioncontrolled strain limit, e_{tl}. This variation f may be computed for prestressed members such that: and for nonprestressed members such that:
where: e_{t} = net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel at nominal resistance e_{cl} = compressioncontrolled strain limit in the extreme tension steel (in./in.) e_{tl }= tensioncontrolled strain limit in the extreme tension steel (in./in.) For sections subjected to axial load with flexure, factored resistances are determined by multiplying both P_{n} and M_{n} by the appropriate single value of f. Compressioncontrolled and tensioncontrolled sections are defined as those that have net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel at nominal strength less than or equal to the compressioncontrolled strain limit, and equal to or greater than the tensioncontrolled strain limit, respectively. For sections with net tensile strain ε_{t} in the extreme tension steel at nominal strength between the above limits, the value of f may be determined by linear interpolation, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1—Variation of f with Net Tensile Strain ε_{t}
Modifications to General Assumptions for Strength and Extreme Event Limit States (AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.7.2.1): Sections are compressioncontrolled when the net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel is equal to or less than the compressioncontrolled strain limit, e_{cl}, at the time the concrete in compression reaches its assumed strain limit of 0.003. The compressioncontrolled strain limit is the net tensile strain in the reinforcement at balanced strain conditions. For Grade 60 reinforcement, and for all prestressed reinforcement, the compressioncontrolled strain limit may be set equal to e_{cl} = 0.002. For nonprestressed reinforcing steel with a specified minimum yield strength of 80.0 ksi, the compressioncontrolled strain limit may be taken as e_{cl} = 0.003. For nonprestressed reinforcing steel with a specified minimum yield strength between 60.0 and 80.0 ksi, the compression controlled strain limit may be determined by linear interpolation based on specified minimum yield strength. Sections are tensioncontrolled when the net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel is equal to or greater than the tensioncontrolled strain limit, e_{tl}, just as the concrete in compression reaches its assumed strain limit of 0.003. Sections with net tensile strain in the extreme tension steel between the compressioncontrolled strain limit and the tensioncontrolled strain limit constitute a transition region between compressioncontrolled and tensioncontrolled sections. The tensioncontrolled strain limit, e_{tl}, shall be taken as 0.0056 for nonprestressed reinforcing steel with a specified minimum yield strength, f_{y} = 80.0 ksi. In the approximate flexural resistance equations f_{y} and f ′_{y} may replace f_{s} and f ′_{s}, respectively, subject to the following conditions: o f_{y} may replace f_{s} when, using f_{y} in the calculation, the resulting ratio c/d_{s} does not exceed:
where: c = distance from the extreme compression fiber to the neutral axis (in.) d_{s} = distance from extreme compression fiber to the centroid of the nonprestressed tensile reinforcement (in.) e_{cl} = compressioncontrolled strain limit as defined above. If c/d exceeds this limit, strain compatibility shall be used to determine the stress in the mild steel tension reinforcement. o f ′_{y} may replace f ′_{s} when, using f ′_{y} in the calculation, if c ≥ 3d′_{s}, and f_{y} ≤ 60.0 ksi. If c < 3d′_{s}, or f_{y} > 60.0 ksi, strain compatibility shall be used to determine the stress in the mild steel compression reinforcement. Alternatively, the compression reinforcement may be conservatively ignored, i.e., A′_{s} = 0. When using strain compatibility, the calculated stress in the nonprestressed reinforcing steel may not be taken as greater than the specified minimum yield strength. When using the approximate flexural resistance equations it is important to assure that both the tension and compression mild steel reinforcement are yielding to obtain accurate results. The current limit on c/d_{s} assures that the mild tension steel will be at or near yield. The ratio c ≥ 3d′_{s} assures that mild compression steel with f_{y}≤ 60.0 ksi will yield. For yield strengths above 60.0 ksi, the yield strain is close to or exceeds 0.003, so the compression steel may not yield. It is conservative to ignore the compression steel when calculating flexural resistance. In cases where either the tension or compression steel does not yield, it is more accurate to use a method based on the conditions of equilibrium and strain compatibility to determine the flexural resistance. For Grade 40 reinforcement the compressioncontrolled strain limit may be set equal to e_{cl} = 0.0014.
Values of the compression and tensioncontrolled strain limits are given in Table 1 for common values of specified minimum yield strengths.
Modifications to Development of Reinforcement (AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.11.2): Development lengths shall be calculated using the specified minimum yield strength of the reinforcing steel. Reinforcing steel with a specified minimum yield strength up to 80 ksi is permitted. For straight bars having a specified minimum yield strength greater than 75 ksi, transverse reinforcement satisfying the requirements of AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.8.2.5 for beams and 5.10.6.3 for columns shall be provided over the required development length. Confining reinforcement is not required for slabs or decks. For hooks in reinforcing bars having a specified minimum yield strength greater than 60 ksi, ties satisfying the requirements of AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.11.2.4.3 shall be provided. For hooks not located at the discontinuous end of a member, the modification factors of AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.11.2.4.2 may be applied. Modifications to Splices of Bar Reinforcement (AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.11.5): For lap spliced bars having a specified minimum yield strength greater than 75 ksi, transverse reinforcement satisfying the requirements of AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications 5.8.2.5 for beams and 5.10.6.3 for columns shall be provided over the required splice length. Confining reinforcement is not required for slabs or decks.
ASTM A706 Grade 60 reinforcement remains the preferred reinforcement type for all WSDOT bridges and structures. Further research is required to establish the shape and model of the stressstrain curve, expected reinforcing strengths and strain limits for concrete components made with ASTM A706 Grade 80 reinforcing steel.
