Global interventions for seismic upgrading of substandard RC buildings

G. E. Thermou, S. J. Pantazopoulou, A. S. Elnashai

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A methodology is developed in this paper for the design and proportioning of interventions for seismic upgrading of substandard reinforced-concrete (RC) buildings. The retrofit approach is presented in the form of a simple design tool that aims toward both demand reduction and enhancement of force and deformation supply through controlled modification of stiffness along the height of the building. This objective is achieved by engineering the translational mode-shape of the structure, so as to optimize the distribution of interstory drift. Results from the proposed approach are summarized in a spectrum format in which demand, expressed in terms of interstory drift, is related to stiffness. Design charts, which relate the characteristics of commonly used global intervention procedures to influence drift demands, are developed to facilitate the retrofit design. The intervention procedures considered in this paper are reinforced-concrete jacketing, the addition of reinforced-concrete walls, and the addition of masonry infills. The proposed methodology is also amenable to adaptation to other strengthening methods, such as the addition of cross-bracing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-401
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering (United States)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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