In order to help improve the seismic design of regular steel buildings structured with ductile moment-resisting concentrically braced frames (MRCBFs) using the general design methodology of Mexico's Federal District Code (MFDC-04), suitable design parameters were first assessed using the results of pushover analyses of 13 regular MRCBFs. In order to insure collapse mechanisms consistent with the assumptions implicit in a code-based design (strong-column/weak-beam/weaker-brace), it is proposed to relate the minimum strength ratio for the resisting columns of the moment frames and the bracing system. Improved equations are proposed for a more realistic assessment of ductility and overstrength factors. In a second stage, the effectiveness of the improved methodology was assessed with the design of six regular steel buildings with MRCBFs. Buildings were evaluated by performing both pushover and nonlinear time-history analyses under ten selected artificial ground motions related to the corresponding design spectrum.
Code-Oriented Methodology for the Seismic Design of Regular Steel Moment-Resisting Braced Frames
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Edgar Tapia-Hernández, Arturo Tena-Colunga; Code-Oriented Methodology for the Seismic Design of Regular Steel Moment-Resisting Braced Frames. Earthquake Spectra 2014;; 30 (4): 1683–1709. doi: https://doi.org/10.1193/032012EQS100M
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