American Society of Civil Engineers

Guidelines for Design of Joints between Steel Beams and Reinforced Concrete Columns

by ASCE Task Committee on Design Criteria for Composite Structures in Steel and Concrete

Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 120, No. 8, August 1994, pp. 2330-2357, (doi:

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Document type: Journal Paper
Award Title: State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award, ASCE, 1996
Abstract: Guidelines are presented for the design of beam-column moment-resisting joints in composite framed structures consisting of structural steel beams and reinforced concrete or composite columns. These recommendations address the proportioning and detailing of these joints, taking into account the interaction of the structural steel and reinforced concrete components. The recommendations are based primarily on tests of cruciform-shaped specimens and on related information from existing codes and standards. The typical joint configuration is one where the steel beams are continuous through the reinforced concrete column. Such connections are increasingly being used in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. Since many of the concepts are being introduced for the first time, a commentary is provided that identifies additional reference material. Examples are included to demonstrate the use of these design recommendations.

ASCE Subject Headings:
ASCE awards & prizes
Beam columns
Composite structures
Concrete beams
Concrete columns
Reinforced concrete
Steel beams
Structural design