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RE: Precast Column Base Connection

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Thanks for the confirmation on the anchorage design forces.
I have to agree about the NMB splice sleeves.  I'm currently working on another project where we are using several hundred of these to connect tilt-up wall panels.  Sure makes connections come together easily.
Mark E. Remmetter, P.E.


From: Jake Watson [mailto:jake.watson1(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 9:17 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Precast Column Base Connection

You've got the right section.  That is what we use for precast columns.  Our detail usually is pretty close to emulating monolithic.  Have you seen the NMB or Lenton splice sleeves?  Have a look at them.  At first it may look like overkill, but once you do one you realize how easy they are to install.  We also use these to connect wall to wall.  Quick, easy, and strong.

When pushed, we sometimes allow an anchor bolt substitution.  Weld column vertical steel to a heavy base plate.  Block out the bottom corners of the column to allow for anchor bolt nuts.  This should only be used when there is no chance for moment or tension on the column.

Also if you oversize the splice sleeve, you have more "slop" with the splice sleeve than with anchor bolts.


Jake Watson, P.E.
Salt Lake City, UT

On 10/3/06, Mark Remmetter <MarkR(--nospam--at)> wrote:
We have gotten involved in a project which requires the use of some precast concrete columns.  Is there some design criteria other than ACI (200Ag tension force requirement) which addresses the design forces for the column base connection?  We have designed a connection that meets the requirements of ACI but compared to connections we have seen on other projects, our connection design looks to be much stronger.  On the other precast projects the base connection used by the precaster seemed relatively light, although I did not verify the actual connection capacity.
How is this connection typically designed by the precaster?
Mark Remmetter, P.E.