Performance-based-plastic-design of damage-control steel MRFs equipped with self-centring energy dissipation bays

Ke Ke, Xuhong Zhou, Huanyang Zhang, Michael C.H. Yam, Lihua Guo, Yonghui Chen

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Driven by the demand of producing novel seismic resilient structures, this study focused on steel moment resisting frames equipped with superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) connections in the self-centring energy dissipation bays, and the emphasis was given to a direct-iterative design method for performance-based-plastic-design of the system under earthquake motions. Utilising the equivalent single-degree-of-freedom (SDF) oscillator which may reasonably quantify the dynamic responses of a multi-storey structure, an inelastic structural seismic demand model motivated by nonlinear spectral analyses was developed, and the statistic features were accounted. As the theoretical basis of the design philosophy, the seismic energy equilibrium equation of the structure was correlated with structural arrangement and earthquake motion characteristics. Then, a stepwise plastic design methodology enabling practising engineers to search for a feasible design strategy was proposed. Three prototype structures were developed following the proposed method, and finite element models of the systems were developed. The adequacy of the modelling techniques was verified by the test database, and the sufficiency of the hysteretic model of the structure was also justified. The seismic responses of the prototype structures were estimated by nonlinear static and dynamic analyses. The analysis data pool confirmed that the prototype structures were able to achieve the damage-control objective by limiting the maximum interstorey drifts below the prescribed deformation threshold, and inelastic actions were concentrated in the self-centring energy dissipation bays.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107230
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Damage-control
  • Performance-based-plastic-design
  • Self-centring energy dissipation bay
  • Shape memory alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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