A displacement/damage controlled seismic design method for MRFs with concrete-filled steel tubular columns and composite beams

Dionisios N. Serras, Konstantinos A. Skalomenos*, George D. Hatzigeorgiou

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A displacement/damage controlled (DDC) seismic design method for composite (steel/concrete) frames, consisting of circular concrete-filled steel tube (CFT) columns and composite beams (steel beams connected with concrete floor slabs) is developed in this study. The proposed seismic design method controls displacement and damage in a direct way for all seismic performance levels including the one near collapse. Through empirical expressions this method can estimate the inter-storey drift ratio (IDR) of a designed structure and evaluate the damage index (DI) of critical members for a given seismic intensity. A reduced number of design iterations is achieved while the computationally demanding non-linear time-history analysis can be avoided. The necessary empirical expressions of the design method are derived by means of statistical and sensitivity analysis of a large response databank consists of IDR and DI that cover all the way from elastic behavior to final global dynamic instability. This response databank is created by performing extensive parametric incremental dynamic analyses of many composite framed structures of the kind considered here under many seismic motions and different soil types. Design examples reveal that the DDC design method successfully estimates the targeted IDR for the desired seismic performance level as well as controls the DI in critical beam-to-column joints in order to avoid a soft-storey failure mechanism or partial loss of structure. Compared to all steel framed structures, the composite frames considered here exhibit a better seismic performance with beams and columns exhibiting a lower DI. The low-damage performance of composite frames is mainly emphasized as the number of storeys increases, while both the IDR and DI tend to fall within lower performance levels than those of the corresponding all steel frames for the same seismic intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106608
Number of pages20
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Early online date5 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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  • CFT columns
  • Composite beams
  • Composite frames
  • Damage control
  • Performance-based seismic design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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