Journal article

RC U-shaped walls subjected to in-plane, diagonal, and torsional loading: New experimental findings

Ryan Hoult, Katrin Beyer

Engineering Structures | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021


Although reinforced concrete U-shaped walls are popular in construction practice internationally, there is a paucity of experimental research investigating the seismic performance of such salient elements. The present paper summarizes an experimental campaign on two slender U-shaped reinforced concrete walls detailed with a single-layer of reinforcement. State-of-the-art instrumentation was used to capture the three-dimensional displacement field of the wall surfaces using digital image correlation techniques. Experimental findings are presented, including strain profiles, equivalent plastic hinge lengths, longitudinal strains at the base, cracking distributions and widths, and out-of-plane ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Scholarship for the year 2018/2019 and the funding provided through the Swiss Bilateral Research Programs for the Latin American Region through the one-year research merger scheme. The authors would also like to thank our partners from Colombia, including Carlos Blandon Uribe from Universidad EIA, Carlos Arteta and Gustavo Rodriguez from Universidad del Norte, Ricardo Bonett from Universidad de Medellin, Ana B. Acevedo Jaramillo from Universidad EAFIT, and Mario E. Rodriguez from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.