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Title: Interface Shear Strength at Joints of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Structures

Author(s): Kim Young Jin , Won‑Jong Chin and Se‑Jin Jeon

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 12


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Keywords: ultra‑high performance concrete, interface shear strength, dry joint, wet joint, shear key, push‑off test

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40069-018-0298-8

Date: 9/30/2018

When ultra‑high performance concrete (UHPC) is fabricated as precast members such as in a UHPC segmental bridge, the joint design between the precast members can significantly affect the overall integrity and safety of the structure. Therefore, the structural behavior of the UHPC joint was experimentally investigated in this study with test variables including joint type, number and height of shear keys, type of filler, curing temperature, and lateral compressive stress. The UHPC considered in this study is the K‑UHPC developed in Korea with a specified compressive strength as high as 180 MPa and high flowability. The joint shear strengths affected by the test variables were investigated in detail. The test results were also compared with two representative predictive equations for interface shear strength to determine an appropriate equation for the joint design of UHPC. These equations did not match well with the test data because they were originally proposed for normal strength concrete. However, the JSCE equation could be improved by modifying a coefficient to show good agreement with the test especially in the case of the dry joint with epoxy application.