Structural subassemblage tests at the university of Minnesota inspired by U.S.-Japan collaborative research program

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U.S. and Japan have had a history of collaboration to mitigate the effects of earthquakes. In 1977, a cooperative agreement set forward a plan to improve the safety of building structures. This plan led to collaborative research over the next several decades that included studies of reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, and precast structural systems. This paper summaries some of the research on structural subassemblages at the University of Minnesota that stemmed from that collaboration. The intent of this paper is to also recognize the contributions provided by Prof. James K. Wight who played a key role in the U.S. Japan collaboration and in the dissemination of the outcomes of research through his leadership at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) including his roles with technical committees including ACI Committees 318 - Structural Concrete Building Code and 352 - Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-95
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
Issue numberSP 311
StatePublished - 2016
EventJames K. Wight: A Tribute from his Students and Colleagues - Held at the ACI Fall 2014 Convention - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2014Oct 30 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Shirley Stein Scientific Endowed Research Award and an MDACC Departmental Junior Faculty Award (no grant numbers apply).

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright (2016) by American Concrete Institute All rights reserved.


  • Beam-column joints
  • Connections
  • Earthquake
  • Precast concrete
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Slab participation
  • Subassemblage
  • U.S. Japan


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