The shear strength can become a controlling factor for some configurations
of slabs without transverse reinforcement (i.e. slabs subjected to very
intense distributed loads, foundation slabs, retaining walls, slabs
subjected to concentrated loads in the vicinity of linear supports,
shells in the vicinity of supports, ...)
The Critical Shear Crack Theory, initially developed for the punching
of flat slabs, also allows considering these cases with a very good
accuracy. This model was adopted in the Swiss SIA 262 code (2003 and 2013).
Furthermore, an experimental and analytical test campaign has demonstrated
that shear has a strong influence on the plastic deformation capacity of
members without transverse reinforcement.
Research currently under way focuses on a better understanding of the
behaviour of elements subjected to uniform loading (with a portion of the
load being directly transferred to the supports), the case of concentrated
loads acting in the vicinity of linea supports (capacity of redistribution
of internal forces) and the fatigue strength of bridge deck slabs.
forces concentrées agissant en proximité des appuis linéaires

Strength of oneway slabs
 Cavagnis F., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., A mechanical model for failures in shear of members without transverse reinforcement based on development of a critical shear crack, Engineering structures, Elsevier, Vol. 157, 2018, pp. 300315.
 Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., Sagaseta J., Shear strength of concrete members without transverse reinforcement: A mechanical approach to consistently account for size and strain effects, Engineering structures, Vol. 99, UK, 2015, pp. 360372.
 Muttoni A., Fernández Ruiz M., Shear strength of members without transverse reinforcement as function of critical shear crack width, ACI Structural Journal, V. 105, No 2, Farmington Hills, USA, 2008, pp. 163172.
Influence of shear on the deformation capacity in bending
 Vaz Rodrigues R., Muttoni A., Fernández Ruiz M., Influence of Shear on Rotation Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Members Without Shear Reinforcement, ACI Structural Journal, V. 107, n° 5, Reston, USA, 2010, pp. 516525.
Interpretation of sheartransfer actions
 Cavagnis F., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., An analysis of the sheartransfer actions in reinforced concrete members without transverse reinforcement based on refined experimental measurements, Structural concrete, Vol. 19, 2017, pp. 4964.
 Cavagnis F., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., Shear failures in reinforced concrete members without transverse reinforcement: An analysis of the critical shear crack development on the basis of test results, Engineering structures, Vol. 103, UK, 2015, pp. 157173.
 Campana S., Fernández Ruiz M., Anastasi A., Muttoni A., Analysis of sheartransfer actions on oneway RC members based on measured cracking pattern and failure kinematics, Magazine of Concrete Research, Vol. 56, No. 6, UK, 2013, pp. 386404.
Shear strength of shells and archshaped members
Slabs with concentrated loads in the vicinity of linear supports
 Natário F., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., Experimental investigation on fatigue of concrete cantilever bridge deck slabs subjected to concentrated loads, Engineering structures, 89, 2015, pp. 191203.
 Natário F., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., Shear strength of RC slabs under concentrated loads near clamped linear supports, Engineering structures, 76 (2014), 2014, pp. 1023.
 Vaz Rodrigues R., Fernández Ruiz M., Muttoni A., Shear strength of R/C bridge cantilever slabs, Engineering structures, Vol. 30, Netherlands, 2008, pp. 30243033.
Members with distributed loads and/or variable depth
Fatigue in shear of oneway slabs
 Fernández Ruiz M., Zanuy C., Natário F., Gallego J.M., Albajar L., Muttoni A., Influence of Fatigue Loading in Shear Failures of Reinforced Concrete Members without Transverse Reinforcement, Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, vol. 13, Japan, 2015, pp. 263274.
Size effect
