Cyclic test and numerical study of precast segmental concrete columns with BFRP and TEED

Chao Li, Kaiming Bi, Hong Hao, Xihong Zhang, Do Van Tin

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Previous studies on the seismic behaviour of precast segmental concrete column revealed that concrete crushing and spalling damages may occur at the toes of the segments due to rocking between segments at the joints. In addition, the energy dissipation capacity of segmental column is smaller than the conventional monolithic column. Energy dissipation bars therefore have been proposed to increase its energy dissipation capability, which, unfortunately, at the cost of also increasing the residual displacement of the column, hence degrades the most advantageous characteristic of precast segmental column. To solve these problems, this paper proposes wrapping the segments with basalt fibre-reinforced polymer (BFRP) to reduce the concrete compressive damage and tension-only external energy dissipation (TEED) devices to dissipate energy without substantially increasing the residual displacement. Experimental cyclic tests and numerical simulations are carried out to examine the effectiveness of the proposed method. The results show that the damage of the segments could be effectively reduced by using BFRP, and the columns show good ductility and almost no strength degradation. The TEED devices are effective to increase the energy dissipation capacity of the column without significantly increasing the residual displacement.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • BFRP
  • Cyclic tests
  • Numerical simulation
  • Segmental column
  • Seismic behaviour
  • TEED

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics


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