American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Performance of IBS Precast Concrete Beam-Column Connections Under Earthquake Effects: A Literature Review

Patrick Tiong Liq Yee, Azlan Bin Adnan, Abdul Karim Mirasa and Ahmad Baharuddin Abdul Rahman

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2011.93.101

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 1

Pages 93-101


Problem statement: Despite demonstrating rather much benefits comparing to the conventional cast-in-place construction, the acceptance level of precast concrete building is still reportedly low in Malaysia. The implication imposed by stricter seismic design provisions would only worsen the matter. Approach: The main objective of this study was to identify the most appropriate type of beam-column connections to be introduced to precast concrete industry, particularly for regions of low to moderate seismicity. Hence, this study presented a comprehensive literature overview of the findings from studies conducted to analyze and investigate the behavior of precast concrete systems assembled with typical connections or joints under simulated earthquake loading. Results: The seismic performance of precast concrete structure very much depended on the ductility capacity of the connectors jointing each precast components, especially at critical joints such as the beam-to-column connections. It was learnt from the review that (1) hybrid post-tensioned beam-column connection and (2) Dywidag Ductile Connector® were among the most widely used connectors for precast construction in seismic prone regions. Conclusion: Future refinement and research could be carried out in order to optimize these connections to be used in low seismicity regions. Proposed connection type should be practical and well-accepted to avoid further impediment of the precast system.


© 2011 Patrick Tiong Liq Yee, Azlan Bin Adnan, Abdul Karim Mirasa and Ahmad Baharuddin Abdul Rahman. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.