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Experimental studies on behaviour of tubular T-joints reinforced with grouted sleeve

  • Jiang, Shouchao (Department of Building Engineering, Tongji University) ;
  • Guo, Xiaonong (Department of Building Engineering, Tongji University) ;
  • Xiong, Zhe (School of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology) ;
  • Cai, Yufang (Xuhui Shanghai Land Reserve Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Zhu, Shaojun (Department of Building Engineering, Tongji University)
  • Received : 2016.05.11
  • Accepted : 2017.02.03
  • Published : 2017.04.10

Abstract

Tubular joints have been widely used in offshore platforms and space structures due to their merits such as easy fabrication, aesthetic appearance and better static strength. For existing tubular joints, a grouted sleeve reinforced method was proposed in this paper. Experimental tests on five tubular T-joints reinforced with the grouted sleeve and two conventional tubular T-joints were conducted to investigate their mechanical behaviour. A constant axial compressive force was applied to the chord end to simulate the compressive state of the chord member during the tests. Then an axial compressive force was applied to the top end of the brace member until the collapse of the joint specimens occurred. The parameters investigated herein were the grout thickness, the sleeve length coefficient and the sleeve construction method. The failure mode, ultimate load, initial stiffness and deformability of these joint specimens were discussed. It was found that: (1) The grouted sleeve could change the failure mode of tubular T-joints. (2) The grouted sleeve was observed to provide strength enhancement up to 154.3%~172.7% for the corresponding un-reinforced joint. (3) The initial stiffness and deformability were also greatly improved by the grouted sleeve. (4) The sleeve length coefficient was a key parameter for the improved effect of the grouted sleeve reinforced method.

Keywords

connections;failure mode;steel-concrete composite

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Ministry of Science and Technology of China

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