Title: Empirical Versus Rational Approach in Structural Engineering--What We Learned from New Zealand in the Trilateral cooperative research on beam-column joints
Author(s): H. Aoyama
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 31-58
Keywords: beam-column frame; bond stress; confined concrete; slippage; earthquake-resistant structures; joints (junctions); structural design; Structural Research
Summarized in this paper are the background state of the art in reinforced concrete beam-column joint design leading to the U. S.-N. Z.-Japan trilateral cooperative research, outline of the trilateral research, and its conclusions affecting the design practice in each country. Particular emphasis is placed on the transition of structural engineering research from empirical approach to rational approach which became apparent in the course of trilateral research and discussion.