Seismic Design Aids for Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures / Edition 1

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Tools to Safeguard New Buildings and Assess Existing Ones

Nonlinear analysis methods such as static pushover are globally considered a reliable tool for seismic and structural assessment. But the accuracy of seismic capacity estimates—which can prevent catastrophic loss of life and astronomical damage repair costs—depends on the use of the correct basic input parameters.

Seismic Design Aids for Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures simplifies the estimation of those vital parameters. Many design engineers make the relatively common mistake of using default properties of materials as input to nonlinear analyses without realizing that any minor variation in the nonlinear characteristics of constitutive materials, such as concrete and steel, could result in a solution error that leads to incorrect assessment or interpretation.

Streamlined Analysis Using a Mathematical Model

To achieve a more accurate pushover analysis and improve general performance-based design, this book reassesses some key inputs, including axial force-bending moment yield interaction, moment-curvature, and moment-rotation characteristics. It analyzes these boundaries using a detailed mathematical model of reinforced concrete sections based on international codes, and then proposes design curves and tables derived from the authors’studies using a variety of nonlinear tools, computer programs, and software. The text reviews relevant literature and describes mathematical modeling, detailing numerical procedures step by step.

Including supplementary online material that can be used to compute any parameter, this reference delineates nonlinear properties of materials so that they can be used instantly for seismic analysis without having to solve cumbersome equations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439809143
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/20/2009
  • Series: Advances in Earthquake Engineering Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Srinivasan Chandrasekaran is an associate professor in Structural Engineering at Banaras Hindu University, India and is a Visiting Professor at University of Naples. Luciano Nunziante is full Professor of Structural Mechanics and Plasticity in the Dept. of Structural Eng., University of Naples Federico II. Giorgio Serino is full Professor of Structural Engineering in Dept. of Structural Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Federico Carannante is a contract lecturer in the Dept. of Structural Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
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Table of Contents

Axial Force–Bending Moment Yield Interaction

Mathematical Development

Identification of Subdomains

Numerical Studies and Discussions

Numerical Procedure in Spreadsheet Format

Moment-Curvature Relationship for RC Sections in Presence of Axial Force

Mathematical Development

Moment-Curvature in Elastic Range

Elastic Limit Bending Moment and Curvature

Percentage of Steel for Balanced Section

Ultimate Bending Moment-Curvature Relationship

Numerical Studies and Discussions

Step-by-Step Procedure to Use the Spreadsheet Program Given on the Website

Moment-Relative Rotation Relationship for RC Beams

Mathematical Development

Analytical Moment-Rotation Relationships

Numerical Studies and Beam Examples

Bounds for Collapse Loads of Building Frames Subjected to Seismic Loads: A Comparison with Nonlinear Static Pushover

Collapse Multipliers

Step-by-Step Analysis for a Simple Frame with P-M Interaction

Numerical Studies and Frame Examples

Flow Rule Verification for P-M Interaction Domains

Mathematical Development

Plastic Strain Increment in Different Subdomains

Verification of Flow Rule

Appendix: Summary of P-M Relationships for Different


Computer Coding for Collapse Multipliers

Procedure to Perform Pushover Analysis


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