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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 6, Number 6, June 2014, pages 665-687

A probabilistic analytical seismic vulnerability assessment framework for substandard structures in developing countries
Nicholas Kyriakides, Sohaib Ahmad, Kypros Pilakoutas, Kyriacos Neocleous and Christis Chrysostomou

    This paper presents a framework for analytical seismic vulnerability assessment of substandard reinforced concrete (RC) structures in developing countries. A modified capacity-demand diagram method is used to predict the response of RC structures with degrading behaviour. A damage index based on period change is used to quantify the evolution of damage. To demonstrate the framework, a class of substandard RC buildings is examined. Abrupt accumulation of damage is observed due to the brittle failure modes and this is reflected in the developed vulnerability curves, which differ substantially from the curves of ductile structures.
Key Words
    seismic vulnerability; reinforced concrete; sub-standard construction; non-linear static, damage index; analytical; probabilistic, capacity-demand diagram methods
Nicholas Kyriakides, Sohaib Ahmad, Kypros Pilakoutas, Kyriacos Neocleous: Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK

Nicholas Kyriakides and Christis Chrysostomou: Present Address: Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, P.O.Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos, Cyprus

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