Influence of column shear failure on pushover based assessment of masonry infilled reinforced concrete framed structures: A case study

Fabio Di Trapani, Liborio Cavaleri, Vasilis Sarhosis, Panagiotis G. Asteris

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Structural frames, constructed either of steel or reinforced concrete (RC), are often infilled with masonry panels. However, during the analysis of the structural frames, it has become common practice to disregard the existence of infills because of the complexity in modeling. This omission should not be allowed because the two contributions (of infills and of frames) complement each other in providing a so different structural system. The use of different modeling assumptions significantly affects the capacity as well as the inelastic demand and safety assessment. In specific, the adoption of equivalent diagonal pin-jointed struts leaves open the problem of the evaluation of the additional shear on columns and consequently of the choice of a proper eccentricity for the diagonal struts. In this context, this paper presents the results of a real case study. The seismic performance of the RC structure of a school is evaluated by using concentric equivalent struts for modeling infills and the level of the additional shear on the columns is fixed as a rate of the axial force on them in agreement to a strong correlation obtained after a numerical experimentation. Hence, the applicability of the correlation mentioned before is shown and the form in which the results can be provided is presented. The characteristics of the new approach, first time applied to a real case, are highlighted by a comparison between the performance obtainable with different modeling detail levels of the infills. Through the paper, it is proved that the simplified evaluation of the additional shear demand produced by infills just for the base columns is sufficient to warn that a simplified model disregarding infills or based on the use of concentric struts for the infills may considerably overestimate the structural capacity. Further, by the study of a real case, the paper provides an overview of the models developed by the authors to obtain the capacity of reinforced concrete framed structure for the practical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-112
Number of pages15
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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