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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 8, Number 5, May 2015, pages 1191-1214

Seismic response of EB-frames with inverted Y-scheme: TPMC versus eurocode provisions
R. Montuori, E. Nastri and V. Piluso

    The Theory of Plastic Mechanism Control (TPMC) has been recently extended to the case of Eccentrically Braced Frames (EBFs) with inverted Y-scheme, i.e., EBFs with vertical links. In this paper a further validation of the design procedure, based on TPMC, is provided by means of Incremental Dynamic Analyses (IDA) pointing out the fulfilment of the design goal, i.e., the development of a pattern of yielding consistent with the collapse mechanism of global type where all the links are yielded and all the beams are yielded at their ends while all the columns and the diagonal braces remain in elastic range with the only exception of the base sections of first storey columns. In particular, a study case is designed according to both TPMC and Eurocode 8 provisions and the corresponding seismic performances are investigated by both push-over and IDA analyses. The results show the different performances obtained in terms of pattern of yielding, maximum interstorey drift, link plastic rotation demand and sharing of the seismic base shear between the moment-resisting part and the bracing part of the structural system. The seismic performance improvement obtained by means of TPMC, compared to Eurocode 8 provisions, is pointed out.
Key Words
    thorey of plastic mechanism control; eccentrically braced frames; seismic; steel; Eurocode 8
R. Montuori, E. Nastri and V. Piluso: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy

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