Steel jacketing (SJ) of beams and columns is widely employed as retrofitting technique to provide additional deformation and strength capacity to existing reinforced concrete (RC) frame structures. The latter are many times designed without considering seismic loads, or present inadequate seismic detailing. The use of SJ is generally associated with non-negligible costs depending on the amount of structural work and non-structural manufacturing and materials. Moreover, this kind of intervention results in noticeable downtime for the building. This paper presents a new optimization framework which is aimed at obtaining minimization of retrofitting costs by optimizing the position and the amount of steel jacketing retrofitting. The proposed methodology is applied to the case study of a 3D RC frame realized in OpenSEES and handled within the framework of a genetic algorithm. The algorithm iterates geometric and mechanical parameters configurations, based on the outcomes of static pushover analysis, in order to match the optimal retrofitting solution, intended as the one minimizing the costs and, at the same time, maintaining a specified safety level. Results of the proposed framework will provide optimized location and amount of steel-jacketing reinforcement. It is finally shown that the use of engineering optimization methods can be effectively used to limit retrofitting costs without a substantial modification of structural safety.
|Numero di pagine||8|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2020|
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