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Title
Seismic Strengthening of a Reinforced Concrete Frame Using Reinforced Concrete Piers.
File
PB87148151.pdf
Author(s)
Roach, C. E.; Jirsa, J. O.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Engineering., May 1986, 164 p.
Identifying Number(s)
PMFSEL-86-4
Abstract
A two-third scale model of two bays and two stories of an exterior moment resisting frame of a reinforced concrete building was constructed. The prototype exterior frame had deep spandrel beams which resulted in short clear spans in the slender columns. The existing frame was deficient in seismic resistance in terms of ductility and strength. The column shear capacity was relatively low. The frame was retrofitted with reinforced concrete piers around each of the columns to increase the column capacities and shift the mode of failure of the frame from shear in the columns to flexural hinging in the beams. The strengthened frame was subjected to reversed, cyclic loads, with a maximum interstory drift of 0.5%, until flexural hinging of the beams occurred. Behavior of the strengthened frame is discussed with special emphasis on its ductility, lateral strength, and lateral stiffness.
Keywords
Buildings; Earthquake engineering; Frames; Reinforced concrete; Shear properties; Structural engineering; Columns (Supports); Cyclic loads