Seismic Performance of Masonry Infilled RC Structures via N2 Pushover Assessment Procedures: Outcomes under Different Modeling Hypotheses of a Case Study

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The assessment of the capacity of RC masonry infilled RC structures constitutes nowadays a still debated issue. Pushover based procedures for the evaluation of seismic performance, such as N2 method, are largely used in practice and in force in several technical codes. The latter has proved to be reliable for a large number of structural typologies, however in the case of infilled frames, the choices made on the modelling strategy may radically modify the outcomes observable from the capacity curves and the consequent performance levels achievable. In the paper, the extent of different modelling choices on the results of the application of N2 procedure is investigated by the deep analysis of a case study of a scholastic facility in Italy. Three modelling hypotheses are considered: neglecting of infills; equivalent strut macromodeling and equivalent strut macromodeling with prediction of additional shear demand arising because of the interaction with the infills. The impact of each on the capacity curves and then on the reliability of the overall N2 procedure is discussed pointing out the major criticalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering II
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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