Shear Capacity of High-Strength Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beam-Column Joints

Abstract

This work examines the work of 13 high-strength concrete (HSC) beamcolumnjoints (BCJ)-with and without steel fibers. Several shear design methods(with modification for fiber content, where applicable) were found to beconservative within a range of the following variables: 1) concrete compressivestrength, 2) type and volume fraction of steel fibers, 3) content of hoops in thejoint, and 4) column axial load. The coefficient of variation (COV) of the ratioof test strength to design strength (VTEST / VrDES) was found to be appreciably lowfor two of the five existing safe design methods. A conservative design method,which lowers the COV even further to a value of 7.8 percent, is proposed for HSCjoints, with and without steel fiber reinforcement