Behavior and Design of Precast Bridge Cap Beams with Pocket Connections

In conventional reinforced concrete bridge construction, cap beams and their connection to columns are designed to be capacity protected under strong earthquakes. This is because cap beams and connections are difficult to repair. The same design philosophy is mandatory for precast cap beams that are used in accelerated bridge construction (ABC), particularly in moderate and high seismic zones. ABC relies heavily on prefabricated reinforced concrete members. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report 698 provided a synthesis of different promising ABC connections. Pocket connections were identified as practical means of joining prefabricated columns and pier caps. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Scan 11-02 revealed more recent studies about seismic performance of pocket connections.


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  • Status: Completed
  • 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: 20150831
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590788
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 22 2016 3:53PM