Technical Papers

Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 463-472

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Seismic analysis of diagrid structural frames with shear-link fuse devices

  • Nasim S. Moghaddasi BAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
  • , Yunfeng ZhangAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Email author 

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This paper presents a new concept for enhancing the seismic ductility and damping capacity of diagrid structural frames by using shear-link fuse devices and its seismic performance is assessed through nonlinear static and dynamic analysis. The architectural elegancy of the diagrid structure attributed to its triangular leaning member configuration and high structural redundancy make this system a desirable choice for tall building design. However, forming a stable energy dissipation mechanism in diagrid framing remains to be investigated to expand its use in regions with high seismicity. To address this issue, a diagrid framing design is proposed here which provides a competitive design option in highly seismic regions through its increased ductility and improved energy dissipation capacity provided by replaceable shear links interconnecting the diagonal members at their ends. The structural characteristics and seismic behavior (capacity, stiffness, energy dissipation, ductility) of the diagrid structural frame are demonstrated with a 21-story building diagrid frame subjected to nonlinear static and dynamic analysis. The findings from the nonlinear time history analysis verify that satisfactory seismic performance can be achieved by the proposed diagrid frame subjected to design basis earthquakes in California. In particular, one appealing feature of the proposed diagrid building is its reduced residual displacement after strong earthquakes.


diagrid structure nonlinear analysis seismic behavior shear link steel structure