Linking Concrete Tensile Performance and Seismic Response of Fiber Reinforced Concrete Coupling Beams

Announcing a New Research Project

The Charles Pankow Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation has recently executed a new Research Grant Agreement with the University of Wisconsin at Madison for research as further described below.

LINKING CONCRETE TENSILE PERFORMANCE AND SEISMIC RESPONSE OF FIBER REINFORCED CONCRETE COUPLING BEAMS

Research Agreement #02-14; University of Wisconsin-Madison

Principal Investigator: Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos

Industry Champions

Cary Kopcyznski, Cary Kopcyznski & Co

Dave Fields, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Andrew Taylor, KPFF

The proposed research is aimed at evaluating various types of fiber reinforced concretes (FRCs) for use in earthquake-resistant coupling beams in order to simplify reinforcement detailing by reducing reliance on diagonal and transverse reinforcement required for adequate seismic performance.

This project is a continuation of the Foundation's efforts to address an industry concern with the cost and schedule impacts of the reinforcing steel required by current building codes for coupling beams.