Models of Precast Concrete Large Panel Buildings

by Harry G. Harris, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, Pa.,
John C. Muskivitch, Grad. Research Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 545-565

Document Type: Journal Paper


Small-scale direct-modeling techniques are applied to study the behavior of a six-story, three-bay 3/32-scale model of a precast concrete large panel building under simulated progressive collapse conditions. Preselected bearing walls at various locations were removed from the model in separate tests. Test results indicated the proper functioning of the PCA-recommended tie system in enabling the model to bridge over local damage. The application of modeling techniques to faithfully reproduce prototype construction details are discussed. Typical test results are presented and compared to demonstrate the valuable information that can be obtained through the testing of small-scale models in aiding the understanding of complex structural behavior.

Subject Headings: Precast concrete | Panels (structural) | Concrete structures | Structural models | Structural behavior | Scale models | Bridge tests | Simulation models

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