Optimal design and earthquake-resistant design evaluation of low-rise framed RC structure


This study evaluates the seismic response of an existing two stories RC building using non-linear analysis. The original model was resized and there were obtained two buildings designed under two different methodologies to fulfill the Venezuelan codes requirements for a high seismic hazard. An elastic analysis was applied to the original building in order to verify interstory drifts; the resizing building it was designed under requirements of strong column-wake beam condition. A third building was modeled according to the seismic displacement design procedure. It were performed non-linear static analysis and 2D and 3D dynamic analyses, obtaining capacity curves, structural ductility, structural performance point, global and interstory drifts for each building. Torsional effects for the resizing building were also computed from 3D analysis. In the original building it was obtained a weak seismic behavior, while resized buildings presented good seismic performance under the Limits States evaluated in this study.

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Herrera, R. , Vielma, J. , Ugel, R. , Martínez, Y. and Barbat, A. (2012) Optimal design and earthquake-resistant design evaluation of low-rise framed RC structure. Natural Science, 4, 677-685. doi: 10.4236/ns.2012.428089.

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