Development of Seismic Fragility Functions for a Moment Resisting Reinforced Concrete Framed Structure

D. P. McCrum, G. Amato, R. Suhail

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    Understanding the seismic vulnerability of building structures is important for seismic engineers, building owners, risk insurers and governments. Seismic vulnerability defines a buildings predisposition to be damaged as a result of an earthquake of a given severity. There are two components to seismic risk; the seismic hazard and the exposure of the structural inventory to any given earthquake event. This paper demonstrates the development of fragility curves at different damage states using a detailed mechanical model of a moment resisting reinforced concrete structure typical of Southern Europe. The mechanical model consists of a complex three-dimensional finite element model of the reinforced concrete moment resisting frame structure and is used to define the damage states through pushover analysis. Fragility curves are also defined using the HAZUS macroseismic methodology and the Risk-UE macroseismic methodology. Comparison of the mechanically modelled and HAZUS fragility curve shows good agreement while the Risk-UE methodology shows reasonably poor agreement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-51
    Number of pages10
    JournalThe Open Construction and Building Technology Journal
    Issue numberSuppl 1: M2
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2016

    Bibliographical note

    Special Issue on "Seismic analysis and risk mitigation of existing constructions"


    • Seismic Fragility Functions, moment resisting frame, hazus, abaqus

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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