Behavior of RC flat slabs with shear bolts under reversed horizontal cyclic loading

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An experimental work on reinforced concrete flat slab specimens to test the efficiency of postinstalled bolts, as punching shear reinforcement in resisting vertical and cyclic horizontal loads, was conducted and is presented in this paper. The test protocol consisted in increasing horizontal drifts combined with constant vertical load until failure. Two different detailing solutions for the shear reinforcement were considered, one using a radial distribution around the column and another using a cross distribution, being the results compared with a previously tested reference specimen. The dimensions of the specimens were 4.25 x 1.85 x 0.15 m3. The test setup used for these tests was developed by the research team and simulates the boundary conditions with already recognized good results. Postinstalled steel bolts were proven to be an efficient solution for strengthening of existing structures, improving the structural behavior, and the punching resistance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStructural Concrete
Issue number2
Early online dateOct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • bolts
  • cyclic horizontal action
  • flat slab
  • shear reinforcement
  • strengthening for punching


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