Bolted column connectionfor seismic applications

The connections between precast elements play a fundamental role in the overall performance of the structure, especially if seismic applications are considered. In fact, precast connections represent a critical link where structural continuity is ­needed. With regard to this requirement, Peikko carried out a wide-ranging experimental research program in cooperation with Politecnico di Milano.

1 Introduction

The connections between precast elements play a fundamental role in the overall performance of the structure, representing a critical link where structural continuity is needed for seismic applications. Without specific design guidelines, early precast structures revealed poor seismic performance because of inadequate detailing.

However, precast structures offer several advantages during both production and installation compared with traditional solutions, such as better material and product quality control, improved erection speed and cost savings. In the last two decades,...

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