Strength of precast concrete shear joints reinforced with high-strength wire ropes

Henrik B. Joergensen*, Linh C. Hoang, Lars G. Hagsten

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    This paper concerns the in-plane shear strength of connections between precast concrete wall elements reinforced with looped high-strength wire ropes. The looped wire ropes are pre-installed in so-called 'wire boxes' which function as shear keys. Although only a small amount of research on the shear strength of such connections can be found in the literature, this type of connection is increasingly being used because wire ropes are much more construction-friendly than traditional U-bars. A rigid plastic upper bound model for the shear strength of wall connections reinforced with looped wire ropes that are pre-installed in wire boxes is presented along with test results on the shear strength of connections with double-wire boxes. It is shown that the plastic solution agrees well with both the obtained test results and results from previously conducted tests.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1600096
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings
    Pages (from-to)168-179
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


    • buildings, structures & design
    • concrete structures
    • strength & testing of materials


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