How is Moment Redistribution Coefficient Calculated?

April 19, 2022

Moment Redistribution Coefficient


In RC structures, the yielding of one member does not result in collapse of the structure. This is because there is a significant extra strength between the yield and collapse status of the first member.


That is, when a member reaches its ultimate moment, it does not reach a failure status. At the cross-sectional location where a large moment occurs, plastic hinges occur first before failure. At this time, a change in the moment distribution of the beam occurs due to a decrease in the section stiffness.


This phenomenon is a redistribution of moment.


A reasonable evaluation of member strength is very important to consider moment redistribution. By designing according to the redistributed moment, it is possible to reduce the reinforcing bars at the ends, thereby relieving the overcrowding of rebars in places with large moments, such as the joints of columns and beams. This means you can proceed with a more economical design.


Redistribution of MomentFigure 1. Redistribution of Moment

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Relevant Code : ACI 318N-14 & EN1992-1-1 : 2004


Calculation of Moment Redistribution Coefficient by Each Design Code :  ACI318N-14


A calculation method of moment redistribution coefficient and restriction in each design code will be introduced.

The first code is ACI 318.

The applied model is a continuous flexural member and has a strain in the tensile part which is 0.0075 or more.

But, the redistribution factor cannot exceed 1000εt and  20%.

Permissible Redistribution of MomentsFigure 2. Permissible Redistribution of Moments for Minimum Rotation Capacity
Redistribution of MomentsFigure 3. Redistribution of Moments in Continuous Flexural Members 





Calculation of Moment Redistribution Coefficient by Each Design Code : EN1992-1-1 : 2004


The next is a regulation of moment redistribution in Eurocode.

A continuous beam and slab identical to ACI are target, the factor of the lengths of adjacent span should be in the range of 0.5 to 2.

The calculation of moment redistribution coefficient follows the equation as shown in 5.10.

Linear Elastic AnalysisFigure 4. Linear Elastic Analysis with Limited Redistribution






Procedure as per ACI318M-14

It specifically explains the moment redistribution depending on ACI.

This graph is a procedure for the application of moment distribution according to ACI318M-14.

Figure 5. Procedure as per ACI318M-14

Example (by manual) : How to calculate a redistributed moment

There is an example of the result value calculated by ACI procedure.

When the moment redistribution coefficient assumes to be 0.2, this table indicates how to calculate the value of the redistributed bending moment and the bending moment considering redistribution depending on the location of each member.


See each equation carefully. (equations of the redistributed moment are different depending on the location.)

Moment RedistributionFigure 6. Moment Redistribution Example Model


Moment Redistribution CalculationTable 1. Moment Redistribution Calculation by Manual

Example (by manual) : How to calculate a moment redistribution factor as per ACI318M-14

The following is an example to calculate the final redistributed moment by directly calculating the moment redistribution coefficient.

The procedure should be continued until the moment redistribution coefficient is converged as the example.

The Final Redistributed Moment Calculation
Figure 7. The Final Redistributed Moment Calculation





How to Apply Factors to nGen

This is a “redistribution coefficient input” in an actual MIDAS program. It shows the order to input data by applying the value of the redistribution coefficient yielded from the previous equation. 

Since each beam can have only one factor, a smaller factor is applied.

Figure 8. nGen Program Example


① Click “Member Parameter”.

② Select a material and member type.

③ Select target members on the modeling window.

④ Input the moment redistribution factor

    (Factor = 1 – MRF)

⑤ Click “V” button.


The below is a result of yielding the design moment (redistributed moment) depending on the redistributed coefficient inputted in the program.

It should be noted that the result value is different from the value calculated by the previous equation, due to the constraint for the redistribution coefficient input.

Analysis and Design Result
Analysis and Design ResultFigure 9. Analysis and Design Result





Application in Practice


How to consider a moment redistribution to practices without calculating the factor


To calculate and apply MRF for all beams is time-consuming. Therefore, it may be applied as follows without MRF calculation.
- For the end moment, the analysis result is used in the design as it is.
- For the middle moment, the moment value increased by 20% of the end moment is used in the design.
- The design ratio should be set to 1.00 as much as possible.

Figure 10. Application Way without MRF

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Yeong-il Seo | Principal Structural Engineer

Young-il has over 13+ years of experience in building design, especially high-rise buildings with column reduction analysis, plant structures, pushover analysis, health monitoring, and vibration control projects. Since 2016, he is planning and providing technical supports for midas building products such as midas Gen, nGen, and Design+.

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