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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 13, Number 3, March 2014 , pages 377-387

An experimental study on different socket base connections under cyclic loading
Selim Pul, Metin Hüsem, Mehmet Emin Arslan and Sertaç Hamzaçebi

    This paper presents an experimental study on socket base connections of precast reinforced concrete columns. The main purpose of this study is to determine socket base connection which has the closest behavior to monolithic casted column-base joints. For this purpose, six specimens having different column-socket base connection details were tested under cyclic loading. For each test, strength, stiffness, ductility and drift ratios of the specimens were determined. Test results indicated that a suggested connection type is 10% - 30% stronger than the other type of connections under lateral loading. The welded connection (PC-5) had better lateral load carrying capacity and ductility. On the other hand, performance of standard connection (PC-1) which is commonly used in construction was weaker than other connections. Thus, decision of connection type should be referred not only performance but also applicability.
Key Words
    precast columns; socket base connection; cyclic loading; energy dissipations; stiffness degradation; displacement ductility
Selim Pul, Metin Hüsem, Mehmet Emin Arslan and Sertaç Hamzaçebi: Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Civil Engineering, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey

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