International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP) (12th : 2015)

Life cycle cost-benefit evaluation of self-centering and conventional concentrically braced frames Dyanati, Mojtaba; Huang, Qindan; Roke, David


Self-centering concentrically braced frame (SC-CBF) systems have been developed to increase the drift capacity of braced frames prior to structural damage. To achieve the improved seismic performance of SC-CBF system, the construction cost of an SC-CBF is expected to be higher than that of a conventional CBF. In this study, economic effectiveness of using an SC-CBF instead of a CBF in one prototype building is calculated to indicate the time that initial SC-CBF construction costs are compensated by lower earthquake-induced losses in the lifetime of the building (pay-off time). The results of this study show lower business interruption is the most significant component of the economic benefit of the SC-CBF compared to the CBF. Moreover, the pay-off time increases dramatically if the initial construction cost of the SC-CBF is more than 4% higher than the CBF.

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