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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 46, Number 6, June25 2013 , pages 809-825

Study of exterior beam-column joint with different joint core and anchorage details under reversal loading
S. Rajagopal and S. Prabavathy

    In the present study, in reinforced concrete structures, beam-column connections are one of the most critical regions in areas with seismic susceptibility. Proper anchorage of reinforcement is vital to enhance the performance of beam-column joints. Congestion of reinforcement and construction difficulties are reported frequently while using conventional reinforcement detailing in beam-column joints of reinforced concrete structures. An effort has been made to study and evaluate the performance of beamcolumn joints with joint detailing as per ACI-352 (mechanical anchorage), ACI-318 (conventional hooks bent) and IS-456(full anchorage conventional hooks bent) along with confinement as per IS-13920 and without confinement. Apart from finding solutions for these problems, significant improvements in seismic performance, ductility and strength were observed while using mechanical anchorage in combination with X-cross bars for less seismic prone areas and X-cross bar plus hair clip joint reinforcement for higher seismic prone areas. To evaluate the performances of these types of anchorages and joint details, the specimens were assembled into four groups, each group having three specimens have been tested under reversal loading and the results are presented in this paper.
Key Words
    reinforced concrete structure; beam-column connection; seismic; ductility; mechanical anchorage
S. Rajagopal and S. Prabavathy : Department of Civil Engineering, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu 626 005, India

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