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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 8, Number 6, June 2015, pages 1407-1433
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/eas.2015.8.6.1407
 


Critical review of the EC8 design provisions for buildings with eccentric braces
Melina Bosco, Edoardo M. Marino and Pier Paolo Rossi

 
Abstract
    The objections raised by researchers to the design provisions reported in Eurocode 8 make the efficient seismic performance of the eccentrically braced structures designed according to this code unlikely. Given the rationality and the number of the objections, this paper aims to summarize the criticism of researchers and report the opinion of the Authors. The objections raised to the design procedure of eccentrically braced structures regard aspects common to the design of steel structures and aspects specifically related to the design of eccentrically braced structures. The significance of these objections is also shown by means of exemplary cases.
 
Key Words
    seismic areas; eccentrically braced frames; Eurocode 8; design provisions; capacity design
 
Address
Melina Bosco, Edoardo M. Marino and Pier Paolo Rossi: Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
 

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