Reversed horizontal cyclic loading tests of flat slab specimens with studs as shear reinforcement

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The results of a series of experiments on four reinforced concrete flat slab specimens with shear studs and a control specimen without any shear reinforcement are presented. The specimens were tested under constant gravity loads and reversed horizontal cyclic displacements. The main test variables were the applied gravity load and the number of perimeters of studs. One of the specimens was tested in two phases to study the postearthquake behavior. Results showed a considerable improvement of the deformation capacity of specimens with studs compared to the reference specimen. In agreement with previous research, increasing the applied gravity shear ratio resulted in a lower experimental drift capacity. It is shown that a better explanation of the observed ultimate drifts can be made by considering also the flexural capacity and the extent of shear reinforcement. The specimen tested in two phases exhibited considerable residual capacity, even after severe horizontal loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-347
Number of pages18
JournalStructural Concrete
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • cyclic loading
  • flat slab
  • gravity load
  • punching
  • shear studs


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