Scale Relations For Reinforced Concrete Beam-Column Joints

Daniel P. Abrams

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Eighteen reinforced concrete beam-column assemblies were constructed at small, medium, or large scales (approximately one-twelfth, one-quarter, or three-quarter scales). Specimens were subjected to reversals of lateral force to study scale correlations for nonlinear hysteretic properties. Similar resistance mechanisms were found for specimens at each scale; however, rates of stiffness deterioration were highest for small-scale specimens as a result of weaker bond between model reinforcement and mortar. Scale relations were different for interior and exterior beam-column assemblies. Force-deflection relations for one-quarter scale specimens were very similar to those of large-scale specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-512
Number of pages11
JournalACI Structural Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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