Seismic Performance of Ordinary and Damage-tolerant Concrete Beam-column Joints under Reversed Cyclic Loading

P. Suprobo*, A. Tambusay, B. Suryanto, J. J.M. Nelson

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The adoption of the capacity design principle in modern codes of practice allows for multi-storey frame structures to exhibit ductile behaviour in a major earthquake without collapsing. Whilst the risk of shear failure in regions of large inelastic deformation can be largely reduced, the detailing requirements in capacity design often leads to reinforcement congestion that adds difficulty during the construction process, due to the high amount of transverse reinforcement required to provide shear resistance and confinement. The work presented in this paper forms a part of a wider research programme that aims to simplify the detailing requirements of transverse reinforcement in the joint and plastic hinge regions of moment-resisting frame structures. To this end, damage-tolerant concrete known as engineered cementitious composite (ECC) was used to substitute concrete in these critical regions. In this article, the results of reversed cyclic tests on two half-scale exterior beam-column joints, constructed with ordinary concrete and ECC, are presented. Key features of the response such as the reversed cyclic hysteresis loops, stiffness degradation and cumulative energy dissipation are discussed, along with crack development under reversed cyclic loading in the form of digital strain maps.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012011
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event5th International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation, ICEEDM 2022 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 28 Sept 202229 Sept 2022


  • beam-column joint
  • damage tolerant
  • digital image correlation
  • engineered cementitious composite
  • moment-resisting frame
  • plastic hinge


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