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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 15, Number 2, August 2018, pages 203-214

Reinforced concrete core-walls connected by a bridge with buckling restrained braces subjected to seismic loads
Hamid Beiraghi

    Deflection control in tall buildings is a challenging issue. Connecting of the towers is an interesting idea for architects as well as structural engineers. In this paper, two reinforced concrete core-wall towers are connected by a truss bridge with buckling restrained braces. The buildings are 40 and 60-story. The effect of the location of the bridge is investigated. Response spectrum analysis of the linear models is used to obtain the design demands and the systems are designed according to the reliable codes. Then, nonlinear time history analysis at maximum considered earthquake is performed to assess the seismic responses of the systems subjected to far-field and near-field record sets. Fiber elements are used for the reinforced concrete walls. On average, the inter-story drift ratio demand will be minimized when the bridge is approximately located at a height equal to 0.825 times the total height of the building. Besides, because of whipping effects, maximum roof acceleration demand is approximately two times the peak ground acceleration. Plasticity extends near the base and also in major areas of the walls subjected to the seismic loads.
Key Words
    reinforced concrete core-wall; connected building; buckling restrained braces; truss bridge; time history analysis
Hamid Beiraghi: Department of Civil Engineering, Mahdishahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mahdishahr, Iran

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