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Hierarchical structures for a robustness-oriented capacity design

Masoero, E., Wittel, F. K., Herrmann, H. J. and Chiaia, B. M. 2012. Hierarchical structures for a robustness-oriented capacity design. Journal of Engineering Mechanics 138 (11) , pp. 1339-1347. 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000437

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In this paper, the response of two-dimensional framed structures made of rectangular cells to the sudden removal of columns is studied. A simulation algorithm based on the discrete-element method is employed, where the structural elements are represented by elasto-plastic Euler-Bernoulli beams with elongation-rotation failure threshold. The effect of structural cell slenderness and of topological hierarchy on the dynamic residual strength after damage R1 is investigated. Topologically hierarchical frames have a primary structure made of a few massive elements, while homogeneous frames are made of many thin elements. It is also shown how R1 depends on the activated collapse mechanisms, which are determined by the mechanical hierarchy between beams and columns, i.e., by their relative strength and stiffness. Finally, principles of robustness-oriented capacity design that seem to be in contrast to the conventional antiseismic capacity design are addressed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
ISSN: 0733-9399
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 14:30

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