Bidirectional Cyclic Loading Experiment on a 3D Beam-Column Joint Designed for Damage Avoidance Academic Article uri icon


  • A near full-scale three-dimensional jointed precast prestressed concrete beam-to-column connection designed and constructed in accordance with an emerging damage avoidance design philosophy is tested under displacement- controlled quasistatic reverse cyclic loading. The performance of the subassembly is assessed under unidirectional loading along both orthogonal directions as well as under concurrent bidirectional loading. The specimen is shown to perform well up to a 4% column drift with only some minor flexural cracking in the precast beams, while the precast column remains uncracked and damage free. This superior performance is attributed to steel armoring of the beam ends to mitigate the potential for concrete crushing. Under bidirectional loading a tapered shear-key layout is used to effectively protect the beams against adverse torsional movements. A three-phase force-displacement relationship is proposed that gives due consideration to the prerocking flexural deformation of the beam; the rigid body kinematics during the rocking phase; and the yielding of the external dissipaters and posttensioning tendons. Good agreement is demonstrated between the proposed theoretical model and experimental observation. An equivalent viscous damping model is also proposed to represent both change in the prestress force in the subassembly and yielding of the supplemental energy dissipaters in the rocking connection. 2008 ASCE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Li, L., Mander, J. B., & Dhakal, R. P.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Li, Luoman||Mander, John B||Dhakal, Rajesh P

publication date

  • November 2008