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Seismic Performance of a Deficient Reinforced Concrete Test Frame with Infill Walls

Kurt, Efe G.
Binici, Barış
Kurç, Özgür
Canbay, Erdem
Akpinar, Akpinar
Ozcebe, Guney
A two-story, three-bay RC frame with code incompliant seismic design and detailing is tested using continuous pseudodynamic test method for three scale levels of Duzce ground motion. The ground motion produced minimum, significant, and severe damage states on the test structure. Diagonal cracking of the infill wall, column damage in the form of cover spalling and rebar buckling, and complete disintegration of the infill wall were the important observed damage events for the three scale levels, respectively. Nonlinear time history analyses were able to estimate the story displacement response with reasonable accuracy. The importance of element removal for near collapse damage state is unfolded. Tracing the local engineering demand parameters such as strains and curvature was found to be extremely difficult. [DOI: 10.1193/1.3609876]