Effect of concrete infill walls on the progressive collapse performance of precast concrete framed substructures

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  • Feiliang Wang
  • Jian Yang
  • Sandy Nyunn
  • Iftikhar Azim

Colleges, School and Institutes


Precast concrete (PC) frames are considered vulnerable to progressive collapse as inadequate ties between precast components can lead to a loss of structural continuity. In previous studies, slabs and masonry infill walls were found able to mitigate the progressive collapse behaviours of reinforced concrete (RC) frames. However, progressive collapse physical tests of PC frames with prefabricated concrete infill walls are scarce. Therefore, laboratory tests of three PC specimens, including bare frame, semi-infilled frame and fully infilled frame, are conducted in the paper under a centre column loss scenario. Reinforcement detailing and specimen setup are introduced and recorded results are discussed. Observations during test indicate that failure of the PC bare frame is governed by the pull out of anchorage bars at the beam-exterior column joint. Moreover, the infilled specimen leads to a substantial increase in load-carrying capacity at both the flexural stage and catenary action stage when compared with the bare frame. Based on numerical simulation, it can be concluded that the size and position of the opening have a significant impact on structural resistance of an infilled PC frame, especially on the resistance at the flexural stage.


Original languageEnglish
Article number101461
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Early online date23 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2020


  • Precast concrete, Progressive collapse resistance, Concrete infill wall, Experimental analysis, Numerical simulation