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In order to evaluate the capacity of RC members, the main codes allow the use of stress-strain laws that can reproduce
closely the real behaviour of concrete, as opposed to parabola-rectangular or equivalent rectangular diagrams.
Both sectional strength and ductility depend on the law of concrete, therefore they are influenced by the confinement of
members, as evidenced in the literature. In this paper a possible design approach is presented, based on classic section
analysis methods. The method uses parameters that represent the stress-strain law of confined concrete. The studies carried
out show that such parameters can be chosen through simple relationships depending on the strength of non-confined
concrete, on the amount and geometry of longitudinal and transverse reinforcement, and on the geometry of the section.
At this aim some numerical analyses have been performed using an analytical model of confined concrete, capable of taking
into account all the mentioned effects, even in the case of various sources of confinement, when different types of
hoops and external elements (FRP wrappings, steel plates, etc.) are used. More in detail, the section interaction diagrams
for the different limit states requires the definition of an appropriate upper bound for the strain of concrete. Therefore the
study focuses on the possibility of using stress-blocks depending on the maximum stain assumed, or on the level of residual
stress accepted in concrete according to a specified limit state. Further studies will extend the parametric analysis in
order to obtain design equations to be implemented in codes.