Strong and Tough Concrete Columns for Seismic Forces

by Lawrence Selna, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Mech. and Structures Dept., Univ. of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.,
Loring Wyllie, (M.ASCE), Struct. Engr.; H.J. Degenkolb and Assoc. Engrs., San Francisco, Calif.,
Robert Park, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Head; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand,
Ignacio Martin, (M.ASCE), Partner; Capacete-Martin and Assoc., Architects & Engrs., San Juan, Puerto Rico,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 8, Pg. 1717-1734

Document Type: Journal Paper


Design procedures for reinforced concrete columns subjected to seismic forces are presented. Four types of column configurations are considered. The four types are: (1)The ductile moment frame column; (2)the captive spandrel column; (3)the flat slab column; and (4)the pilaster column. Pertinent structural analysis methods, design procedures, and reinforcement detailing are discussed. State-of-the-art design by code, needed code improvements, and research needs are mentioned.

Subject Headings: Concrete columns | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Seismic design | Reinforced concrete | Standards and codes | Ductility | Moment (mechanics)

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