Seismic Design of Steel Structures

Seismic Design of Steel Structures

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Features

  • References the main research investigations coming from the lessons learned after the main tragic earthquakes of the last decades (from Northridge, 1994 to Tohoku, 2011)
  • Illustrates seismic resistant steel structures in many applications around the world; showing that good design principles lead to successful results
  • Pinpoints the gap in knowledge on the effects of different types of earthquakes
  • Identifies a suitable relationship between engineering seismology and earthquake engineering
  • Provides a methodological approach which makes a clear distinction between strong and low-to-moderate seismic regions
  • Proposes new bracing and connecting systems for new seismic resistant steel structures, but also for upgrading existing reinforced concrete structures
  • Analyzes the fire after earthquake phenomenon , which sometimes produces more damage and fatalities than the earthquake alone and has opened the way for a new research field

Summary

Providing real world applications for different structural types and seismic characteristics, Seismic Design of Steel Structures combines knowledge of seismic behavior of steel structures with the principles of earthquake engineering. This book focuses on seismic design, and concentrates specifically on seismic-resistant steel structures.

Drawing on experience from the Northridge to the Tohoku earthquakes, it combines understanding of the seismic behavior of steel structures with the principles of earthquake engineering. The book focuses on the global as well as local behavior of steel structures and their effective seismic-resistant design. It recognises different types of earthquakes, takes into account the especial danger of fire after earthquake, and proposes new bracing and connecting systems for new seismic resistant steel structures, and also for upgrading existing reinforced concrete structures.

  • Includes the results of the extensive use of the DUCTROCT M computer program, which is used for the evaluation of the seismic available ductility, both monotonic and cyclic, for different types of earthquakes
  • Demonstrates good design principles by highlighting the behavior of seismic-resistant steel structures in many applications from around the world
  • Provides a methodological approach, making a clear distinction between strong and low-to-moderate seismic regions

This book serves as a reference for structural engineers involved in seismic design, as well as researchers and graduate students of seismic structural analysis and design.

Table of Contents

Failure of a myth

The myth of steel as a perfect material for seismic-resistant structures

Behavior of steel structures during American and Asian earthquakes

Behavior of steel structures during the European earthquakes

Engineering lessons learned from the last strong earthquakes

References

Steel against earthquakes

Steel as the material of choice for seismic areas

Development of steel structural systems

References

Challenges in seismic design

Gap in seismic design methodologies

Earthquake types

Strong seismic regions

Low-to-moderate seismic regions

Proposals for improving the new code provisions

References

New generation of steel structures

Introduction

Improving existing solutions

New solutions of bracing systems

New solutions for connections

References

Advances in steel beam ductility

New concepts on structural ductility

DUCTROT-M Computer program

Monotonic available ductility

Local ductility under far-field earthquakes

Near-field earthquake effects on the available ductility of steel beams

Acknowledgments

References

Fire after earthquake

Introduction

Structural behavior under the effect of fire

From the historical events to date

Post-earthquake fire and risk management

Computational aspects

Analysis assumptions

Structural behavior

Methodology for assessing robustness

Conclusive remarks

References

Index

Author Bio(s)

Federico M. Mazzolani is emeritus professor of structural engineering at the University of Naples "Federico II," doctor Honoris Causa in the Universities of Timisoara and Bucarest, member of the Royal Academy of Engineers of Spain and of the Academy of Engineers of Czech Republic, chairman of the STESSA Conference on the "Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas," and chairman of many national/international code committees and research projects. He has authored more than 800 papers, 50 monographs, and 34 books (26 in English, 2 in Chinese) on structural analysis and design, steel and aluminum structures, earthquake engineering, and structural restoration.

Victor Gioncu, PhD, was professor of structural design at the Politehnica Univerity of Timisoara, honorary professor of the Technical University of Budapest, doctor Honoris Causa of the Technical University of Cluj, and member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania. He published over 250 papers and 16 books (7 in English) and designed over 100 realized building structures. He has participated in over 60 national and international conferences as general reporter and member of the organizing committees. He has received many national and international awards for his books and designed buildings.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a massive and most impressive book. This reviewer is not aware of an equal in the international literature. It will serve as an authoritative reference in the field for years to come."
–Michael N. Fardis, University of Patras, Greece

"This book represents the culmination of over two decades of research by the authors, in which they have sought to link the demands of various types of earthquakes to the ability of steel frame structures to withstand these without suffering undue distress. It is extremely comprehensive and thorough in its treatment - utilising, where appropriate, the contributions of others - and is written by two individuals who have contributed a lifetime of study to the subject area. By fusing the twin aspects of demand and supply it goes beyond the normal treatments, in which specialist texts deal either with Engineering Seismology (normally without taking the subject into the 'design requirements' phase) or the Steelwork Design aspects separately."
––Professor David Nethercot, Imperial College London, UK