Hybrid Precast Wall Systems for Seismic Regions

Research purpose

To develop an innovative, economical building wall system that can survive a large earthquake with little damage, that will prove superior to conventional structural systems in speed, cost and durability. Proposed is a hybrid precast concrete wall system which combines mild steel reinforcement with high-strength post-tensioning steel to resist lateral forces. The objective of the research is to provide the required experimental, analytical and design validation for the classification of hybrid precast wall systems as special reinforced concrete shear walls based on ACI 318 and ACI ITG T5.1.

University of Notre Dame
Project Area
Structural Engineering
CPF research grant #
Award amount
Grant period
Jan 2008 - Nov 2010
Grant Status
Principal Investigator
Professor Gino Kurama
CPF allies

Hybrid Walls Final Project Report

Yahya C. Kurama, Brian J. Smith, Michael J. McGinnis

Seismic Design Guidelines for Special Hybrid Precast Concrete Shear Walls

Brian J. Smith, Yahya C. Kurama