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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 15, Number 3, September 2018, pages 243-251

Dynamic response of post-tensioned rocking wall-moment frames under near-fault ground excitation
Ruoyu Feng, Ying Chen and Guozhi Cui

    The dynamic responses of a rocking wall-moment frame (RWMF) with a post-tensioned cable are investigated. The nonlinear equations of motions are developed, which can be categorized as a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) model. The model is validated through comparison of the rocking response of the rigid rocking wall (RRW) and displacement of the moment frame (MF) against that obtained from Finite Element analysis when subjected ground motion excitation. A comprehensive parametric analysis is carried out to determine the seismic performance factors of the RWMF systems under near-fault trigonometric pulse excitation. The horizontal displacement of the RWMF system is compared with that of MF structures without RRW, revealing the damping effect of the RRW. Frame displacement spectra excited by trigonometric pulses and recorded earthquake ground motions are constructed. The effects of pulse type, mass ratio, frame stiffness, and wall slenderness variations on the displacement spectra are presented. The paper shows that the coupling with a RRW has mixed results on suppressing the maximum displacement response of the frame.
Key Words
    rocking wall-moment frame; post-tension; rocking wall; damping; spectra; earthquake; near-fault
Ruoyu Feng: School of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua Univerisity, Beijing, China
Ying Chen and Cuozhi Cui: School of Civil Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, China

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