Development and Seismic Evaluation of Pier Systems with Pocket Connections and Hollow PT/UHPC Column

Research over the past half a decade has focused on various earthquake-resistant accelerated bridge construction (ABC) connections. The focus of this study is on pocket connections because they have shown promising results while not violating the current seismic codes. Seismic performance of precast columns that are prestressed with unbonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) tendons and connected to the footings and the cap beams using pocket connections is experimentally investigated. Two single columns and one two-column bent will be designed and tested on one of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) shake tables. Advanced materials, engineered cementitious composite (ECC) and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), will be incorporated in plastic hinge of columns to improve seismic performance.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nevada, Reno

    College of Engineering
    Reno, NV  United States  89557
  • Principal Investigators:

    Saiid Saiidi, M

    Itani, Ahmad

  • Start Date: 20140501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161001
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170630
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590786
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC41
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2016 3:45PM