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Connections and Joints in Precast Concrete Structures


The structural integrity of precast concrete structures mainly depends on the connections between the precast structural elements. The purpose of a connection is to transfer loads, restrain movement, and/or to provide stability to a component or an entire structure. Therefore, the design of connections is one of the most important aspects in the design of precast concrete structures. All the connections should be designed according to the valid codes. All precasters have developed connection details over the years that suit their particular production and erection preferences. It is common that the structural engineer shows the internal forces and connection locations, and the manufacturer’s engineering department provides the final design and details of the connections. This paper describes basic types of connections and joints used in precast concrete structures

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Engineering, Introductions and Overviews, other