Title: Seismic Design and Performance of Dry-Assembled Precast Structures with Adaptable Joints
Authors: DAL LAGO BRUNONEGRO PAOLODAL LAGO ALBERTO
Citation: SOIL DYNAMICS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING vol. 106 p. 182-195
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108905
ISSN: 0267-7261
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0267726117307728?via%3Dihub
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108905
DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2017.12.016
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Previous research projects and post-earthquake field observation showed that dry-assembled precast frame structures with hinged beams and cantilever columns restrained at their base, if correctly designed and detailed, can attain good seismic performance, mainly due to their flexibility and robustness. Their seismic design is often conditioned by the need of reducing their flexibility by increasing the cross-section of the columns, which, due to minimum reinforcement requirements, results in their over-strengthening. High flexibility may also induce displacement compatibility issues with non-structural elements. The paper concerns the proposal of an innovative enhanced structural frame system, based on the adaptation of hinged beam-column joints into rigid through the activation of special mechanical connection devices performed after the installation of the slab. While keeping all the benefits of the dry prefabrication, the resulting moment-resisting frame is provided with enhanced redundancy and stiffness. A design comparison among three precast frames with similar geometries and different static schemes shows how the joint adaptation can be exploited to optimise the structure by modifying the distribution of bending moment. The results of dynamic non-linear analyses on a three-storey precast structure with adaptable joints tested as a part of the SAFECAST research programme show the seismic performance of this system through different static schemes, and the comparison with the experimental results provides information about the validity of the models and the effectiveness of the technological solutions employed.
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