Two new large-scale experimental programs on reinforced concrete walls have been completed and their results are now freely available to the engineering community!
The first explored the use of shape-memory NiTi alloy rebars as a replacement to hot-rolled steel in the plastic hinge region. Two units were tested (including a reference specimen) at the technological platform LEMSC. The results showed a clear reduction of residual displacements and damage, together with a sizeable energy dissipation. A presentation and discussion of the results can be found in this publication. The test data are openly available and free to consult and download from this dataset in the public UCLouvain’s repository Dataverse. An unabridged description of the walls’ response can be found in the descriptive document uploaded in the aforementioned platform.
The second test campaign, developed in collaboration with EPFL, studied for the first time U-shaped specimens with a single layer of reinforcement, used in some regions of the world. A summary of the performance of these two 4.5-m tall units are described in this publication. The test results are also available online! Please find the experimental and numerical dataset from the research investigation in the publicly accessible platform Zenodo.