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A probabilistically based hazard map of Albania expressed in terms of PGA for 475 years of return period following the spatially smoothed seismicity approach proposed by Frankel (1995) and developed by Slovenian researchers (Lapajne et al. 1997), is presented.  Taking advantage of this development, an effort has been made to analyze the parameters of site-dependent acceleration response spectra parameters of the current seismic design code KTP-N.2-89 in Albania.

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In a wood-concrete composite structural member the wood layer overlapped by the concrete layer are interconnected to prevent the relative slip. In this research notched shear-key interlayer connections were used. A problem with using these novel composite members in bridges is that the fatigue behavior of the composite member is not well known. This paper presents an S-N curve for fatigue verification of notched wood-concrete connections based on static and low-to-high-cycle repeated loading tests on fourteen composite beam specimens. The points on the S-N curve were determined for three levels of the maximum load as a function of the average static failure load.

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1 Introduction As in most design codes, in cases where members do not require design shear reinforcement, the expression of the design value for the shear resistance given by Eurocode 2 is based on experimental investigations. Although the

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according to a pre-1970 design code (ACI 1968) [ 2 ]. The buildings are of heights five, ten, and fifteen stories that represent low- and medium-rise buildings. The three buildings have the same floor plan that consists of five symmetrical bays in each

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We applied deterministic and probabilistic methodologies for seismic hazard assessment at Tirana city, expressed in terms of horizontal peak ground acceleration (PGA). The deterministic evalues of PGA are determined according to the scenario R = 6.4 km and M max = 6.0, while the probabilistic ones have been assessed applying the smoothed seismicity approach. The results that derive from the two methodologies show equal values of PGA for the selected site inside Tirana city and higher than the PGA values established by the official maps as well as the actual seismic coefficients that are being applied by the actually in force national design code KTP-N.2–89 for Tirana area.

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The paper summarizes the results of experimental and numerical investigations, carried out at the CEMSIG Research Center ( http://cemsig.ct.upt.ro ) of ‘Politehnica’ University of Timisoara, on compression members of pallet racks. Members of two different cross-sections, with and without perforations, have been tested on the aim to calibrate a design approach to evaluate their ultimate strength and, on this basis, to check the buckling resistance of bar members accounting for distortional-global interaction. The lengths of upright specimens and testing procedure, for local and distortional buckling, were chosen according to European pallet rack design code provisions. Test on base materials and imperfection measurements have been also performed. In order to study the distortional-global interactive buckling, the ECBL method has been used. The paper presents the main results of these investigations.

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Eccentrically braced frames are widely used as lateral-force resisting system for multi-storey buildings located in seismic areas. Capacity design principles used in modern seismic design codes are deemed to constrain plastic deformations to dissipative elements only, which in eccentrically braced frames are represented by links. The aim of using these frames is to reduce the repair costs and downtime of a structure hit by an earthquake. This objective is to be attained through removable dissipative members (bolted links) and re-centering capability of the structure. Numerical studies are performed in order to investigate the practical feasibility of the replacement procedure; analyzing dual frames obtained by combining steel eccentrically braced frames with removable bolted links with moment resisting frames. Practical solutions regarding order in which bolted links need to be replaced are proposed, as well as the mounting of some temporary tie braces, for safety measures during the link removal procedure.

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A new probabilistic seismic hazard assessment for Albania is carried out using the smoothed gridded seismicity approach. Albania’s earthquake catalogue is already revised and expanded, covering a study area limited by 38 − 44.5°N Latitude and 18 − 24°E Longitude, and the time period from 58BC to 31/12/2008. The ground motion hazard map is presented over a 10 km grid in terms of peak ground acceleration for 10% probability of exceedance in 50 years, corresponding to 475-year return period. The reference site condition is firm rock, defined as having an average shear-wave velocity in the upper 30 m of the crust of 800 m/sec. It is the standard reference site condition used by the European seismic code (Eurocode 8) for seismic zonation and building codes. The main finding is that if this map is accepted as a reference indicator to establish a new regulatory national seismic zonation, design acceleration will be much higher than that applied in the current regulation. This implies that the competent authorities should take into consideration the obtained results to improve the existing design code in a more reliable and realistic basis in order to increase the safety level of constructions in the country.

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Dual-steel structural systems, in which mild carbon steel is used in dissipative members while high strength steel is used in non-dissipative ‘elastic’ members, can be very reliable and cost efficient. Because present seismic design codes do not cover this specific configuration, a research project started with the aim to investigate and evaluate the seismic performance of dual-steel building frames. The frames are considered to be moment resisting frames, dual concentrically braced frames and dual eccentrically braced frames. The paper makes a short description of the research project and the experimental program to be performed at the ‘Politehnica’ University of Timisoara.A number of numerical simulations have been performed for the beam-to-column joints that will be tested with the aim to assess their behavior under monotonic as well as cyclic loading. The material model used in the numerical simulations was calibrated based on the results from tensile tests. The assumptions considered in the modeling of the specimens, the loading procedure, as well as the results from the numerical analysis are finally presented.

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1998-1 2004 , Design provisions for earthquake resistance of structures: General rules — Seismic actions and general requirements for structures, CEN, EN1998-1-1. P100-1/2006, Seismic design code, Part I (in Roman)

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