Seismic upgrade of deficient reinforced concrete frames using external systems

Özkök, Mustafa Emre
There is a large building stock in seismic regions of Turkey that require seismic upgrades. In order to minimize the disturbance to occupants and not to intervene with the functioning of the building, external strengthening methods can be preferred among different alternatives. This study reports the experimental findings on the upgrading of deficient reinforced concrete frames with external installed structural components. Specimens strengthened with an externally reinforced concrete shear wall, external steel frames, steel plate shear wall and one as-built reference 1/3-scale portal frame specimens were tested under constant gravity load and increasing cyclic displacement excursions. The RC frames had deficiencies those mimic the existing deficient building stock in Turkey. The test results showed that the external upgrading can increase both the lateral stiffness and strength of deficient RC frames considerably. Finite element analyses were conducted to specimen models to investigate the behaviors numerically. Furthermore, corresponding single degree of freedom (SDOF) models of specimens were generated to perform dynamic analysis. Results show the importance of hysteretic response and enhancement of energy dissipation capability with drift control


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Citation Formats
M. E. Özkök, “Seismic upgrade of deficient reinforced concrete frames using external systems,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.