Experimental study on the seismic performance of RC moment resisting frames with precast-prestressed floor units
A three dimensional approximately half scale experimental subassemblage is currently being tested at the University of Canterbury to investigate the effect of precast-prestressed floor units, which do not span past the internal columns, on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete moment resisting frames. This paper reports the preliminary results from the test, with the focus on elongation within the plastic hinges and strength enhancement in the frames. The preliminary results have shown that elongation between the external and internal plastic hinges varies by more than two fold. With the addition of the prestressed floor units, the strength of the moment resisting frame used in the test was found to be 25% higher than the current code specified value. In other situations, particularly where there are more than 2 bays in a moment resisting frame, greater strength enhancement may be expected. Any underestimation of beam strength is undesirable as it may result in the development of nonductile failure modes in a major earthquake.