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

Patrick Tiong Liq Yee1, Azlan Bin Adnan1, Abdul Karim Mirasa1 and Ahmad Baharuddin Abdul Rahman1
  • 1 University Technology Malaysia, Malaysia


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.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 4 No. 1, 2011, 93-101


Submitted On: 3 November 2009 Published On: 31 January 2011

How to Cite: Yee, P. T. L., Adnan, A. B., Mirasa, A. K. & Rahman, A. B. A. (2011). Performance of IBS Precast Concrete Beam-Column Connections Under Earthquake Effects: A Literature Review. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 4(1), 93-101.

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  • Beam-column connections
  • precast frame
  • precast connection
  • IBS precast concrete