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Title: Axial load resistance of grouted sleeve connection for modular construction
Authors: DAI ZIQUAN 
Pang Sze Dai 
Keywords: Axial resistance
Grouted sleeve connection
Modular construction
Shear key
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2020
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Citation: DAI ZIQUAN, Pang Sze Dai, LIEW JAT YUEN, RICHARD (2020-06-25). Axial load resistance of grouted sleeve connection for modular construction. Thin-Walled Structures 154. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
Abstract: Modular construction has become popular for its advantages in construction efficiency and reduced manpower on site. Steel modules are typically connected using bolted connections which often suffer from inadequate allowable tolerances to accommodate imperfections due to vertical alignment of modules. To solve these problems, a shear-keyed grouted sleeve connection (SK-GSC) is proposed to connect the square hollow section (SHS) columns between the upper and lower modules. This paper investigates the axial performance of SHS SK-GSCs, specifically on their resistance and load transferring mechanism. To study the effect of shear key spacing, grout strength, and grout thickness, fifteen specimens were tested, and numerical models were calibrated against the test results to gain insight into the failure mechanism. It was found that the load-bearing resistance of SHS SK-GSCs was contributed by the frictional bond at the steel-grout interface and the diagonal compression struts developed in the grout. The proposed connections have sufficient axial resistance, stiffness and ductility to integrate the module columns vertically as compared to existing bolted connections. They were robust enough to withstand potential tension force due to accidental action in the design of modular buildings.
Source Title: Thin-Walled Structures
ISBN: 02638231
DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2020.106883
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
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