Floor construction with precast hollowcore panels produced by Lafarge Precast Edmonton results in a commonly used girder-slab system. Continuity between the elements is ensured by bent rebars and shear studs. Once all these elements are installed, a structural concrete is poured between the reinforced concrete panels and over the entire floor. The extent of composite action between the rigid diaphragm and the steel beams is not known. Therefore, its potential benefit is not taken into account in the current design procedures for the steel structure. The main components of this research project are the following: an experimental program consisting of a series of 6 large-scale shear tests were carried out. The outcome of this research shows that there is a potential for a composite action between a hollowcore plank and a standard hot rolled W shape. It was found that there is enough confinement to develop the steel stud strength when the beam is connected to the precast prestressed concrete panels using a 1/2" shear stud embedded between the planks and under two to three inches of concrete topping.
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