Shallow embedded column connections are widely used for columns resisting gravity loads in current design methods. These connections are usually considered “pinned” for structural analysis. In reality these connections fall in between a fixed and a pinned condition. Although methods exist to estimate the stiffness and strength of exposed columns or embedded columns under lateral loads, little research has been done to determine the strength of shallow embedded columns. An experimental study was carried out to investigate the strength of these connections. A total of 12 specimens with varying orientation, embedment depth, and column size were loaded laterally until failure or significant loss in strength. The results showed that shallow embedded connections are 86%-144% stronger in yielding and 32%-64% stronger in ultimate strength than current design methods would predict. This strength comes from a combination of the embedment depth and the resistance from the base plate and anchor rods. A model is proposed to explain the strength of the specimens and to conservatively estimate the strength of specimens with different variables. The specimens also exhibited stiffness ranging from 50%-75% of what would be expected from fully embedded columns.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Barnwell, Nicholas Valgardson, "Experimental Testing of Shallow Embedded Connections Between Steel Columns and Concrete Footings" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 4428.
Steel columns, spread footings, baseplates, anchor rods, lateral stiffness