Seismic Performance of Cementitious Grout Filled Coupler and Sleeve Connections in Precast Wall Panels under Cyclic Lateral Loading
Keywords:precast wall panel connections, cyclic lateral loading, seismic performance, cementitious grout filled coupler and sleeve connections
This study investigated the seismic performance of cementitious grout filled coupler and sleeve connections in precast wall panels under cyclic lateral loading. The effectiveness of these connections in enhancing the seismic performance of precast concrete walls was evaluated. In many countries, grouted coupler connections are the preferred option, whereas sleeve connections were more commonly utilized in India due to the belief that a greater portion of the dowel being grouted enhances structural stability. Tests were conducted on full scale precast wall panels to study the behaviour of connections by applying a displacement-controlled cyclic lateral loading and the results were discussed. The experimental study revealed that the cementitious grout filled coupler connection exhibited better seismic performance and was recommended for precast wall panel connections over the grouted sleeve connection. Compared to the grout filled sleeve connection, the specimen with an unbonded segment demonstrated an 8% rise in energy dissipation, while the specimen with a grouted coupler connection displayed a 55 % increase.
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