Performance recovery of locally buckled reduced beam section connections by attaching buckling-restrained components

Yu Lin Chung, Chih Han Chuang

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Reduced beam section (RBS) connections are ductile connections that have been widely used in steel structures. Because of the reduction of web resistance, local buckling usually occurs under large deformations and is associated with decreased strength. In addition, the complex deformation of beams prevents determining the residual strength, hence posing a challenge in postearthquake repairs. In this study, a buckling-restrained system (BRS) including steel channels and a mortar was proposed for deformed RBS regions to provide lateral support on buckled plates so as to recover the connection strength. Two full-scale RBS connections with various cutting ratios were first tested, and then the connection was repaired with BRS loaded again. The test results indicated that the repaired connections were loaded at a drift angle of up to 4% without fracture or strength deterioration. The negative strength increased by approximately 18%, and the maximum strength was similar to that of the original connection, indicating that the column-to-beam flexural strength ratio of the connection did not change. The strain at the heat-affected area also did not increase and rather decreased because of the additional support of the restraint. The dissipated energy capacities of the repaired specimens were approximately 92% and 87% of the values of the original specimens. These results confirmed that BRS provided sufficient lateral resistance and helped recover the connection performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108122
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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