Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2014, Volume: 7, Issue: 3, Pages: 335-342
Mojtaba Hosseini1 , Nader Fanaie2 and Amir Mohammad Yousefi1*
1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Lorestan University, Lorestan, Iran
2Civil Engineering Faculty, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
*Author for the correspondence:
Amir Mohammad Yousefi
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Lorestan University, Lorestan, Iran
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date:01 February 2014, Accepted Date:22 February 2014, Published Date:03 March 2014
The guidelines of Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) and U. S. General Service Administration (GSA) provide the design requirements to reduce the potential of progressive collapse for structures. According to these codes, progressive collapses are occurred due to loss of a main vertical structural element. In this study, the vulnerability of an official 10-story steel moment resistant frame, designed according to Iranian National Building Codes (INBC) is assessed. The following nonlinear dynamic analysis procedure is recommended by the UFC 4-023-03 guideline, which provides technical guidance for mitigation and protection of progressive collapse. Alternate Path (AP) method has been applied to evaluate the structure that can bridge over notionally removed column and nonlinear dynamic analysis procedure conducted. The investigated cases emphasize on the removal of a corner column in the ground floor, fifth floor, eighth floor, and just below the roof floor. Based on the results obtained in this research, steel moment resistant frames, designed according to Iranian National Building Codes, do not satisfy UFC acceptance criteria and have high potential for progressive collapse in corner column removal scenarios. Therefore some modifications have been conducted on the codes to satisfy the UFC limits.
Keywords: Alternate Path Method, Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis, Steel Structure
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