The design of steel chevron-braced frames as per Eurocode 8 is based on the idea that only the braces should buckle and yield during ground motions, while other members should remain elastic. The elastic design of the braced frames is also allowed. However, in both cases, the seismic performance of the frame may be compromised because of premature yielding/buckling of columns. This paper proposes an alternative design procedure that promotes yielding of beams in addition to yielding of braces. This mitigates the vertical unbalanced force transmitted by compressive and tensile braces to the beam and in turn reduces the internal forces of the columns. The result is the overall improvement of the seismic performance owing to the reduction of the number of cases in which failure of the columns occurs before full exploitation of the ductility capacity of the dissipative members. The proposed design procedure is validated by incremental dynamic analyses performed on a set of chevron-braced frames. In particular, the peak ground accelerations of the frames designed by the proposed procedure at the attainment of Significant Damage and Collapse Prevention limit states are determined and compared to those of frames designed according to Eurocode 8. Furthermore, frames designed according to the Eurocodes and to the proposed method are compared in terms of structural cost.

An alternative approach for the design of chevron-braced frames

Barbagallo F.;Bosco M.;Marino E. M.;Rossi P. P.
2021

Abstract

The design of steel chevron-braced frames as per Eurocode 8 is based on the idea that only the braces should buckle and yield during ground motions, while other members should remain elastic. The elastic design of the braced frames is also allowed. However, in both cases, the seismic performance of the frame may be compromised because of premature yielding/buckling of columns. This paper proposes an alternative design procedure that promotes yielding of beams in addition to yielding of braces. This mitigates the vertical unbalanced force transmitted by compressive and tensile braces to the beam and in turn reduces the internal forces of the columns. The result is the overall improvement of the seismic performance owing to the reduction of the number of cases in which failure of the columns occurs before full exploitation of the ductility capacity of the dissipative members. The proposed design procedure is validated by incremental dynamic analyses performed on a set of chevron-braced frames. In particular, the peak ground accelerations of the frames designed by the proposed procedure at the attainment of Significant Damage and Collapse Prevention limit states are determined and compared to those of frames designed according to Eurocode 8. Furthermore, frames designed according to the Eurocodes and to the proposed method are compared in terms of structural cost.
Concentrically braced frames
Design
Seismic assessment
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