Seismic behavior of self-centering frame systems with reusable hysteretic damping brace

Y. Zhang, Songye Zhu

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This paper highlights recent study on the seismic behavior of a newly developed self-centering structural frame system with reusable hysteretic damping braces (RHDB). RHDB is a passive energy dissipation device with its core energy dissipating component being superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) wire stands. Compared to buckling-restrained braces (BRB), RHDB has a few favorable mechanical characteristics: damage free under frequent and design basis earthquakes; reduced residual drift due to its self-centering behavior; and reusability. A brief discussion on the mechanical properties of RHDB is provided. For a comparative study of BRB and RHDB, nonlinear time history analysis which involves three-story concentrically braced frames subjected to two suites of twenty earthquake ground motions was performed and the analysis results are presented in this paper. It is shown that RHDB is effective for passive response control of framed building structures and capable of reducing residual drifts of building frames.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2006
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2006 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 18 Apr 200622 Apr 2006


Conference8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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