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Technological developments have facilitated the production of high-strength reinforcements (HSRs) with increasingly appropriate characteristics. The application of HSRs has many benefits, one of which being a decrease in overall construction expenditures. In this research, the influences of HSRs (with yield strengths of 500 and 580 MPa) as longitudinal and transverse reinforcements in three beam–column joints were experimentally studied. The effects of the HSRs on drift, stiffness degradation, displacement, energy dissipation, ductility, cracking patterns and damage indices (DIs) were investigated. The experimental results showed that all the specimens achieved drift ratios in excess of 4% before they showed a critical decay in lateral strength. The energy dissipation and ductility of the specimens were also reduced with the use of HSRs. However, HSR application as stirrups showed better effects than HSR as longitudinal reinforcement. Regarding DIs and stiffness degradation, it was found that the application of HSR increased the intensity of the damage distribution in the specimens. Finally, although crack numbers decreased by using HSRs, the crack widths and depths increased.

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We experimentally studied the seismic behavior of beam-column joints using high-strength steel (HSS) with different yield strengths under cyclical loading. We tried to observed the effects of the HSS bars on the energy absorption, displacement ductility, and so on.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also lead to interesting observations regarding the application of high-strength steel (HSS) bars in RC beam-column joints.

Dr. Hamed Arshadi
Semnan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services

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This page is a summary of: High-strength reinforcement effects on the seismic behaviour of beam–column joints, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings, January 2021, ICE Publishing, DOI: 10.1680/jstbu.18.00225.
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