Evaluation of performance based displacement limits for reinforced concrete columns under flexure

Solmaz, Taylan
Reinforced concrete frame buildings are the most common type of constructions in Turkey which are exposed to various types of forces during their lifetime. Seismic performance of reinforced concrete frame buildings is dominated by columns which can be classified as primary members of these structures. When current codes are considered, all of them contain several provisions in order to implement reliable seismic performances of reinforced concrete columns. In order to evaluate the accuracy of these provisions, analytical and parametric studies are carried out for flexure critical reinforced concrete columns. In these studies, total numbers of 30 flexure critical columns are extracted from PEER database (2005) and analytically investigated. Once the seismic responses obtained from analytical investigations are close enough to experimental seismic responses, performance based displacement limits are pointed out according to TEC (2007), FEMA 356 (2000), Eurocode 8 (2003), and ASCE/SEI 41 Update (2009). In addition to this, total numbers of 144 flexure critical columns are generated in parametric studies to present the effects of various parameters such as column geometry, concrete strength, axial load ratio, transverse reinforcement ratio, and yielding strength of longitudinal reinforcement on performance based displacement limits. Performance based displacement limits proposed by TEC (2007), FEMA 356 (2000), Eurocode 8 (2003), and ASCE/SEI 41 Update (2009) are found very conservative compared to limits obtained from both experimental and analytical behavior. On the other hand, performance based displacement limits given in Eurocode 8 (2003) and ASCE/SEI 41 Update (2009) predict the experimental behavior more accurate than TEC (2007) and FEMA 356 (2000). Improvements on these limits are proposed.


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Citation Formats
T. Solmaz, “Evaluation of performance based displacement limits for reinforced concrete columns under flexure,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.