Design of steel wire loop connection for precast reinforced concrete structural components

Document Type : Article


1 - Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad - 201002, India - CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee - 247667, Uttarakhand, India

2 Department of Planning and Design, BG Shirke Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd., Pune - 411036, Maharashtra, India


Loop connection for precast RC structural components using U-bars is advocated by researchers on the grounds of simple mechanism and strength. However, the system is difficult to materialize on-site, in the lieu of which U-bars may be replaced with steel wire ropes, which offer a more suitable system with regards to convenience during the installation process. However, literature lacks on design requirements and methodology for loop connection. Thus, a theoretical study was undertaken to formulate the design methodology for loop connection formed using steel wire ropes. The behaviour of loop connection is governed by tension and shear, influenced by characteristics of wire ropes, grout and vertical transverse bar. A design example is illustrated for loop connection between precast wall-column, whose validation is demonstrated through numerical analysis and performance compared with monolithic system and U-bar connection. The advantages of the research relates to the systematic design approach considering all the influencing parameters of steel wire loop connection for precast components. It is expected that the proposed design methodology will be useful to practising engineers for designing the loop connection for precast components.


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