Results from an experimental investigation aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of steel fiber reinforcement for increasing punching shear strength and ductility in slabs subjected to monotonically increased concentrated load are presented. Ten slab-column connections were tested to failure. The main test parameters evaluated were: 1) fiber geometry (hooked or twisted), 2) fiber strength (1100, 1800, or 2300 MPa [160, 260, or 334 ksi]), 3) fiber volume fraction (1% or 1.5%), and 4) slab tension reinforcement ratio (0.56% or 0.83% in each principal direction). Out of the fiber-reinforced concretes (or mortar) evaluated, those reinforced with a 1.5% volume fraction of either regular strength (1100 MPa [160 ksi]) or high-strength (2300 MPa [334 ksi]) hooked steel fibers led to the best performance in terms of punching shear strength and deformation capacity. These two fiber-reinforced concretes (FRCs) were therefore selected for further evaluation in connections subjected to lateral displacement reversals, as described in the companion paper.
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