A computational method for determining combined ductility demands on steel structures subject to multi-hazards

Jing Song, Konstantinos Skalomenos, Pedro Martinez-Vazquez, Pelagia Kastiza

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This paper presents a computational method for investigating the ductility demands induced by thunderstorm downbursts to steel building structures that have been previously damaged during a strong hazard event of any nature (earthquakes, strong winds). The proposed computational method synchronizes the finite element (FE) analysis software ABAQUS and MATLAB reverse optimization subroutines. A nonlinear static pushover analysis is initially performed to induce the ductility demands of the first hazard event and identify the relationship between the base shear force and lateral roof drift up to a target plastic deformation. The method uses the pushover analysis in order to bring the structure at a pre-defined ductility level, including the descending branch of the load-deformation curve, thus allowing for a direct control of the initially imposed damage. The transient non-stationary wind loads are then subsequently applied as an externally applied dynamic loading and the revised displacement ductility demand is directly determined. The method is applied on a tall steel building subject to several initial damage stages and three subsequent thunderstorm downburst synthetic records. The results demonstrate the non-negligible effects of such wind events on the total ductility demands. The method can successfully quantify the increased ductility demands on structures subjected to multi-hazards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICONHIC2022 Proceedings
Place of PublicationAthens, Greece
PublisherNational Technical University of Athens
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022
Event3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure - Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 Jul 20227 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure
ISSN (Print)2623-4513


Conference3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure
Abbreviated titleICONHIC2022
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  • Thunderstorm downburst
  • Ductility demand
  • Sequential hazards
  • Non-linear analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Engineering


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