An Experimental Study on Flexible Joint Between Infill Walls-RC Frames

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2021 8th International Conference on Geological and Civil Engineering (ICGCE 2021), Tokyo, Japan, 28 - 30 January 2021, pp.37-38

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Tokyo
  • Country: Japan
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-38
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


RC structures are generally designed by neglecting the lateral stiffness and resistance of the infill walls. Studies show that, due to negligence of infill walls in design, the actual structure behaves differently than expected, also in some cases causes structural element damages. To overcome the unexpected damage due to this behavioral difference between the design and the actual structure, it is recommended that the infill wall-to-frame joint be provided with flexible elements. In this study, the in-plane behavior of a flexible joint type is experimentally investigated under reversed cyclic lateral loads by comparing the bare and fully infilled frames. It has been observed that the flexible jointed frame eliminates the disadvantages of bare and fully infilled frames, minor damages occur only at the edges of the infill wall, and the lateral resistance is preserved until further drifts. This study was carried out in İskenderun Technical University ISTE Center for Science and Technology Studies and Research (ISTE-CSTSR) and Akdeniz University (AU) in Turkey with funding from TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), Grant number 118M317.