Numerical and experimental study on proposed T-form semi-precast moment-resisting concrete connections

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Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah, P.O. Box 6714967346, Iran


This paper presents the results of experimental and numerical study on a proposed exterior semi-precast moment-resisting concrete connection. Steel linkage element connects precast concrete beam to column in two cases of bolted and welded connections. These connections were compared to monolithic connection based on stiffness, strength, energy dissipation capacity and ductility factor. An accurate 3D nonlinear finite element model has been simulated to study the behavior of these connections. A good agreement was observed between numerical results and experimental ones in behavior and damage mode. Although, all samples satisfied all the code criteria, but the trend of failure in bolted and welded connection was observed on the weld and bolts area, at the connection zone between beam and steel linkage. However, in monolithic connection, the yielding was observed in rebars and crushing of concrete at the end of beam. The initial stiffness of bolted and welded connection specimen was less than that of monolithic connection specimen. But, the beam moment capacity factors of these samples were a little more than monolithic sample; so, the ductility factors of them were a little less than that of monolithic sample.


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