Seismic resistance of steel-tubed high-strength reinforced-concrete columns

R. S. Aboutaha, R. I. Machado

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In this paper, experimental investigation of cyclic response of steel-tubed high-strength reinforced-concrete (STHSRC) columns is presented. An STHSRC column is an ordinary reinforced-concrete column where most of the transverse reinforcement is in the form of a thin steel tube. The steel tube confines the whole concrete section and provides high shear resistance. Steel-tubed columns are more ductile and have higher lateral resistance than ordinary reinforced-concrete columns and concrete-filled tubed columns, even under high axial compressive loads. In this paper, the seismic behavior of STHSRC columns is presented. Six full-scale columns were experimentally investigated under constant axial loads and cyclic lateral load/displacement. Test results were compared with those of ordinary high-strength reinforced-concrete columns. Based on the findings of this research, STHSRC columns exhibit higher lateral strength and ductility than ordinary reinforced-concrete columns. Unlike that of ordinary reinforced-concrete columns, the ductility of STHSRC columns is not sensitive to the presence of axial compressive loads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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