High-strength steel frames with SMA connections in self-centring energy-dissipation bays: Insights and a multimodal nonlinear static procedure

Ke Ke, Michael C.H. Yam, Huanyang Zhang, Angus C.C. Lam, Xuhong Zhou

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This study explores the effectiveness of shape-memory-alloy (SMA)-based self-centring energy-dissipation bays (SCEDBs) for enhancing the seismic performance of high-strength-steel (HSS) frames. The work commences with the development of an ensemble of prototype HSS frames equipped with SCEDBs, known as HSSF-SCEDB structures. The prototype systems are examined using cyclic-pushover and nonlinear-response-history analyses (NL-RHAs). According to the analysis database, it is found that the cyclic-pushover responses generally show a typical flag shape over a wide deformation range and that the post-earthquake residual deformations are below 0.5%, even following maximum interstorey drifts beyond the codified deformation threshold (i.e. 2%). To offer a practical tool to engineers for damage-control behaviour evaluation and seismic demand estimation, we develop a multimodal nonlinear static procedure based on a modified energy-balance concept. Conventional procedures relating to the fundamental vibration mode are also revisited. The results indicate that a medium-rise HSSF-SCEDB may be appreciably influenced by higher vibration modes. The difference between the average maximum interstorey drifts calculated by NL-RHAs and those obtained using the proposed procedure for an ensemble of earthquake motions is generally below 5%, and the adequacy of the proposed method is confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberabc147
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • Energy dissipation bay
  • High strength steel
  • Nonlinear static procedure
  • Self-centring
  • Shape memory alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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