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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 44, Number 3, August10 2022 , pages 325-337

A ductile steel damper-brace for low-damage framed structures
Mohammad Mahdi Javidan and Jinkoo Kim

    In this research, an earthquake-resistant structural system consisting of a pin-connected steel frame and a bracing with metallic fuses is proposed. Contrary to the conventional braced frames, the main structural elements are deemed to remain elastic under earthquakes and the seismic energy is efficiently dissipated by the damper-braces with an amplification mechanism. The superiority of the proposed damping system lies in easy manufacture, high yield capacity and energy dissipation, and an effortless replacement of damaged fuses after earthquake events. Furthermore, the stiffness and the yield capacity are almost decoupled in the proposed damper-brace which makes it highly versatile for performance-based seismic design compared to most other dampers. A special attention is paid to derive the theoretical formulation for nonlinear behavior of the proposed damper-brace, which is verified using analytical results. Next, a direct displacement-based design procedure is provided for the proposed system and an example structure is designed and analyzed thoroughly to check its seismic performance. The results show that the proposed system designed with the provided procedure satisfies the given performance objective and can be used for developing highly efficient low-damage structures.
Key Words
    hysteretic dampers; low-damage structures; seismic design; seismic performance; seismic retrofit; steel bracing
Mohammad Mahdi Javidan and Jinkoo Kim:Department of Global Smart City, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Republic of Korea

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