Study on seismic behavior and collapse risk of super high-rise braced mega frame-core tube structural system

Wenchen Shan, Xuhong Zhou, Xuchuan Lin, Lianjin Bao, Y. Frank Chen

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The braced mega frame-core tube (BMFCT) structure could provide an efficient lateral-force resisting (LFR) system for high-rise or super high-rise buildings, especially for those higher than 500 m. The BMFCT structure is a dual LFR system, including the outer braced mega frame and the inner core tube. The seismic behavior and design method of this structural system is not clear. In this study, a parametric study based on collapse risk-targeted analysis is conducted to clarify seismic mechanism and performance and to make clear means of matching reasonable stiffness and setting energy-dissipation components. Five comparable BMFCT structures with different mega brace stiffness proportions and frame-tube stiffness ratios are designed. An efficient elasto-plastic modeling method is introduced to establish the accurate FE models. The corresponding collapse risks are calculated through Incremental Dynamic Analysis and fragility theory. The results show that the structural collapse risk increases with the increased frame-tube stiffness ratio. Therefore,the stiffness and bearing capacity of peripheral frames should be strengthened to ensure the structural collapse margin. On the other hand, the collapse resistance capacity gradually decreases with the increasing of the mega brace stiffness. Thus, the stiffness proportion of mega braces should be recommended to meet the basic lateral stiffness requirements, which shall not exceed 35 % of the overall structural stiffness. Moreover, the distribution feature and ideal arrangement of the energy dissipation components are proposed. The seismic design recommendation based on the uniform collapse risk is also proposed for the BMFCT system, which serves a reference for the structural design of super high-rise buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108409
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science

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