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A detailed analysis for evaluation of the degradation characteristics of simple structural systems

Kurtman, Burak
Deterioration in the mechanical properties of concrete, masonry and steel structures are usually observed under repeated cyclic loading in the inelastic response range. Therefore such a behavior becomes critical when these types of structures are subjected to ground motions with specific characteristics. The objective of this study is to address the influence of degrading behavior on simple systems. The Structural Performance Database on the PEER web site, which contains the results of cyclic, lateral-load tests of reinforced concrete columns, are employed to quantify the degradation characteristics of simple systems by calibrating the selected degrading model parameters for unloading stiffness, strength and pinching of a previously developed hysteresis model. The obtained values of parameters from cyclic test results are compared with the recommended values in literature. In the last part of the study, response of SDOF systems with various degradation characteristics are investigated using a set of seismic excitations recorded during some major earthquakes. The results indicate that when all the degradation components are combined in a structural system, the effect of degradation on response values becomes much more pronounced.