, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 637-661
Date: 31 Oct 2012

Evaluation of inelastic response of 3D single-story R/C frames under bi-directional excitation using different orientation schemes

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The aim of the present paper is to evaluate by means of nonlinear dynamic analysis four different procedures for the selection of sectional forces needed for the design of R/C frames. For this purpose, a single-story building is designed using four different procedures to select the sets of internal forces needed for the calculation of longitudinal reinforcement. All the four procedures are based on the results of linear response history analysis. Nonlinear dynamic analyses under 16 bi-directional ground motions are performed for 4 different seismic intensity levels. The two horizontal accelerograms of each ground motion are applied along horizontal orthogonal axes forming with the structural axes several incident angles. The results of this study demonstrate that one of the investigated procedures that takes into account the critical seismic angle is more efficient for the design of R/C frame elements.