The reinforced concrete (RC) frames infilled with masonry walls are widely used in buildings. It has been well recognized that the arrangement of tie-columns can improve the wall integrity and seismic performance. However, the existing cast-in-situ tie-column (CSTC) has some problems, and a new type of fabricated tie-column (FTC) which can be recycled for secondary use is proposed in this study. Two specimens, the wall constrained by the cast-in-situ tie-columns (W-CSTC) and the wall constrained by the fabricated tie-columns (W-FTC), were designed and constructed. Low cyclic loading tests were carried out and some parameters, such as the failure modes, hysteretic curves and so forth, were used to evaluate the applicability of the FTC. The results show the W-FTC has a certain initial stiffness and strength, favorable deformation capacity, and the FTC can not only enhance the wall integrity to meet the functional requirements of tie-columns, but also solve the connection problems and reduce the adverse effects on the frame structure.
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