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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 10, Number 6, June 2016, pages 1291-1314

Experimental fragility functions for exterior deficient RC beamcolumn connections before and after rehabilitation
Comingstarful Marthong, Sajal K. Deb and Anjan Dutta

    The paper presents the development of experimental fragility functions for exterior RC beamcolumn connections based on results obtained from extensive testing carried out in the present study. Three typical types of seismically deficient beam-column connections, which are commonly prevalent in Indian sub-continent, were considered. These specimens were tested under cyclic displacement histories with different characteristics to induce different damage states. Rehabilitation specific fragility functions for damaged specimens were developed considering drift angle as a demand parameter. Four probability distributions were fit to the data and suitability of each distribution was evaluated using standard statistical method. Specimens with different damage states were rehabilitated appropriately and rehabilitated specimens were tested under similar displacement histories. Fragility functions for rehabilitated specimens have also been developed following similar procedure. Comparison of fragility functions for both original and rehabilitated specimens for each rehabilitation method showed close agreement, which establishes the effectiveness of the adopted rehabilitation strategies and hence would provide confidence in field application.
Key Words
    fragility functions; beam-column connections; damage states; demand parameter; rehabilitation; cyclic loading
Comingstarful Marthong: Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Meghalaya, India

Sajal K. Deb and Anjan Dutta: Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

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