Experimental assessment of fire-exposed RC beam-column connections with varying reinforcement development lengths subjected to column removal

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Title: Experimental assessment of fire-exposed RC beam-column connections with varying reinforcement development lengths subjected to column removal
Authors: Li, Z
Liu, Y
Huo, J
Chen, J
Elghazouli, AY
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This paper describes an experimental investigation into the behaviour of RC beam-column connections under a column removal scenario induced by fire. A purpose-built hybrid heating furnace is employed to carry out the fire tests on five RC connections with varying reinforcement development lengths, with and without cooling effects. The thermal response of the RC connection specimens, including the temperature field and the axial force-furnace temperature curves, is firstly described. Subsequently, push-down tests are carried out on the beam-column connections, and the horizontal support reactions are closely monitored using a specially-designed sensor system. Based on the experimental results, the joint vertical load-displacement and bending moment-rotation relationships are presented, together with an account of the failure modes observed. The mechanical behaviour is discussed in detail, including the tying and rotation capacity provided by the connection specimens, with emphasis on the effect of the reinforcement development length as well as the heating regime. The experimental capacity interaction curves are also compared with the theoretical prediction for ambient condition, and employed to carry out a detailed examination of the underlying failure mechanisms. Finally, the findings are used to provide practical recommendations for enhancing the structural robustness of structural configurations of the form considered in this study.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2018
Date of Acceptance: 2-Jun-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/60924
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2018.06.003
ISSN: 0379-7112
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 38
End Page: 48
Journal / Book Title: Fire Safety Journal
Volume: 99
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: 0904 Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-06-23
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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