Proposed AASHTO Seismic Specifications for ABC Column Connections

During the NCHRP Domestic Scan 11-02—Best Practices Regarding Performance of ABC Connections in Bridges Subjected to Multihazard and Extreme Events, it was noted that accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques have been limited in moderate-to-high seismic regions. The AASHTO Guide Specifications for LRFD Seismic Bridge Design currently prohibit or limit connections that splice longitudinal column reinforcement in plastic hinge regions. To address this limitation, there is a need to identify column connections that are capable of performing in seismic regions. The objective of this research is to develop proposed AASHTO displacement-based design and construction specifications for implementation of ABC column connections in moderate-to-high seismic regions. As a minimum, the specifications should include mechanical bar couplers, grouted ducts, pocket, and socket connections.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 12-105

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nevada, Reno

    1664 N. Virginia Street
    Reno, Nevada  United States  89557
  • Principal Investigators:

    Saiidi, M

  • Start Date: 20150901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37554

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543423
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 12-105
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM