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Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 371–395 | Cite as

Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Gravity Load Designed R/C Frames

  • Angelo Masi
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Abstract

The seismic vulnerability of some frame structures, typical of existing Reinforced Concrete buildings designed only to vertical loads, has been evaluated. They are representative of building types widely present in the Italian building stock of the last 30 years. A simulated design of the structures has been made with reference to the codes in force, the available handbooks and the current practice at the time of construction. The seismic response is calculated through non linear dynamic analyses with artificial and natural accelerograms. Three main types have been examined: bare frames, regularly infilled frames and pilotis frames. The results show a high vulnerability for the pilotis buildings: they can be assigned to the class B of the European Macroseismic Scale of 1998 (EMS98). On the contrary, a low vulnerability (class D of EMS98) can be attributed to the regularly infilled buildings: in this case collapse can be considered unlikely also with strong earthquakes. An intermediate seismic behavior is shown by buildings without infills, whose vulnerability can be placed between the classes B and C of EMS98.

assessment existing buildings frames masonry infills reinforced concrete seismic vulnerability simulated design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelo Masi
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  1. 1.Department of Structures, Geotechnics and Geology applied to Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of BasilicataPotenzaItaly

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