• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2014, Volume: 7, Issue: 3, Pages: 335-342

Original Article

Studying the Vulnerability of Steel Moment Resistant Frames Subjected to Progressive Collapse.

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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