Numerical Modeling and Parametric Analysis of Grouted Coupler Connections under Varying Impact Loading Conditions

Grouted coupler connections are a common connection type used in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). Evaluation for seismic performance of typical ABC column-footing connections has been undertaken in high earthquake prone states like Utah, California, Nevada, and Idaho. However, apart from the dynamic load exhibited by earthquake, the deformation and failure behavior of these connections to vehicular impact is also critical and warrants investigation. This study will seek to develop a sophisticated finite element model would account for an accurate representation of the coupler/rebar interface, energy transfer from the impacted column location through the coupler into the foundation, and material strength degradation. The model will be validated with existing experimental data collected at the USU SMASH Lab. The experimental data consists of single coupler and full scale column testing. The results of the experiments and modelling will also be compared to normal column connections to see if any major differences warrant separate damage index calculations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

    Utah State University
    Logan, UT  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sorensen, Andrew

    Esteghamati, Mohsen

  • Start Date: 20221011
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-696

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01861397
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2022 10:18PM