Connections Behaviour in Precast Concrete Structures Due to Seismic Loading
This paper presents a finite element analysis on 4 types of precast connections which are pinned, rigid, semi rigid and a new proposed connection. The stiffness of the new connection is obtained from the slope of the total load versus deflection graph in the elastic range. Then the seismic loading from El Centro earthquake modified with 0.15g and 0.5g were applied to the whole structure. From the analysis results, new connection has sufficient stiffness, strength and also higher ductility. Meanwhile, the whole structure analysis results showed that the new connection behaves as semi rigid connection. LUSAS and SAP2000 have been used for analysis.
Keywords: Finite Element Analysis, Precast, Seismic Loading, Connection