Displacement time history graphs of node 3 obtained from FBEA and FEA are shown in Figure 8.
obtained from the FEA are bigger than those obtained from the FBEA. This case arises from not taking into account the concrete tensile softening region for the fibre element method.
The first damage zones are obtained at the whole of end regions of the beams and at outside surfaces of bottom regions of the columns for the FBEA. Damages are shown at the whole cross-section of bottom regions of the columns for the FEA.
FBEA requires less freedom than the FEA due to the nonlinear dynamic substructure.
This condensation procedure in previous study is not used for the modeling of the FBEA of RC element.
(ii) Numerical response of RC element which obtained with FBEA is similar to envelope curve of experimental results.
(iii) Accumulated tensile damage cases obtained for both FBEA and FEA approaches are similar, but some differents for displacement values obtained according to both methods are seen.