An experimental program is undertaken to enhance the knowledge base regarding seismic design of precast concrete shear walls. The emulation design and jointed design philosophies are described, and an idealization of the behavior of precast shear walls is presented. Four connection details for horizontal joints in precast concrete shear walls are selected for further study. The connection details are proportioned for a prototype shear wall that was designed as part of a six-story precast concrete office building. A description of the test procedure is given, and highlights from five cyclic load tests are presented. Wall specimen performance is judged on the basis of measured force-deformation response, including toughness and energy absorption characteristics.
Sixth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
May 31-June 4, 1998
Proceedings of the 7th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering