Title: Ductile Connections for Precast Concrete Frame Systems
Author(s): L. Palmieri, E. Saqan, C. French, and M. Kreger
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 313-356
Keywords: connections; ductility; earthquake-resistant structures; energy; frames; friction; joints (junctions); post-tensioning; precast concrete; Design
Describes a research program to investigate the behavior of ductile connections between precast beam-column elements. Eight beam-column connections were tested to characterize the overall behavior of the connection details. Each connection specimen was designed to incorporate one of three behavioral concepts in the connection elements: tension/compression yielding, substantial energy dissipation, or nonlinear-elastic response. Based on the behavioral information collected during connection tests, analytical models were developed to investigate the behavior of complete precast frame systems. Results of the experimental study and preliminary results of the analytical work are presented. The objective of the program is to provide rational design recommendations for engineers to detail precast frame connections for use in regions of seismic risk.