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Volume 276, 2019International Conference on Advances in Civil and Environmental Engineering (ICAnCEE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||15 March 2019|
Strengthening of seismically deficient exterior beam-column connections using embedded steel bars
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Universitas Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia
2 Structural Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
3 Civil Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
4 Construction Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several techniques for improving performance of reinforced concrete (RC) beam-column (BC) connections have been developed in last two decades, but these techniques have been criticized for being labourintensive and susceptible to premature de-bonding. To overcome these shortcomings, a novel technique utilising embedded steel bars has been developed in this study for strengthening seismically deficient RC BC connections. This technique involves drilling holes within the joint core. After the drilled holes are cleaned, they are partially filled with epoxy. Finally, steel bars are inserted in the epoxy-filled holes. Two exterior BC connections were constructed and loaded under displacement-controlled cyclic loading. The first specimen was a control specimen designed in accordance with the pre-1970s building codes to represent BC connections requiring strengthening. The second specimen was strengthened with eight 8 mm steel bars embedded within the concrete core in the joint area and epoxied to maintain the bond between the concrete and the steel bars. The strengthened specimen had superior performance compared to that of the control specimen in terms of joint shear stress, normalised principal tensile stress demand and stiffness degradation. The results show that shear stress of the joint was enhanced by about 8% whereas the enhancement in the principal tensile stress demand was 24% compared to that of the control specimen. The results showed that the proposed technique is capable in upgrading the seismic performance of seismically deficient RC BC connections.
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