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Use of High-Strength Reinforcement in Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Structures



Domimic Kelly, Andres Lepage, David Mar, Jose Restrepo, Joseph Sanders, Andrew Taylor


The objective of this project was to study and make recommendations concerning the utilization of high-strength steel reinforcing bars in concrete structures subjected to earthquake ground motion. This work grew out of the ATC-57 report, The Missing Piece: Improving Seismic Design and Construction Practices (ATC, 2003), which defines a roadmap for the NIST problem-focused research and development program in earthquake engineering. The ATC-57 report recommended that NIST examine new technologies that can improve construction productivity, such as high-strength reinforcement.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 14-917-30
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NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, ATC, Reinforced Concrete, Earthquake Engineering, Design


Kelly, D. , Lepage, A. , Mar, D. , Restrepo, J. , Sanders, J. and Taylor, A. (2014), Use of High-Strength Reinforcement in Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Structures, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created March 5, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018