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Seismic design and performance evaluation of dual-fused h-frame system Etebarian, Hamidreza


A Dual-Fused H-Frame (DFHF) is an efficient structural system that combines Damped H-Frame (DHF) modules with Welded Wide Flange Fuses (WWFFs) to create a structural solution which is efficient in construction and more seismic resilient. Each DHF module consists of two columns pin connected to a beam with two buckling restrained knee braces (BRKBs). Each DHF module can be prefabricated in the factory, shipped to the site and connected vertically using simple bolt connections. The connections between the DHF modules have relatively small moment demand which makes the design, fabrication and construction of the DHF modules very efficient. Once the DHF modules have been assembled vertically, the bays of the DHF can be connected using WWFFs. WWFFs are simple shear connectors which can dissipate stable earthquake energy. In this paper, two prototype DFHF buildings of varying heights (3- and 9- story) are designed using the Equivalent Energy Design Procedure (EEDP). EEDP is a novel design method which is developed to design innovative systems, where the structural system can achieve different performance objectives under different earthquake shaking intensities. To verify the performance of the DFHF, advanced finite element models are developed using OpenSees and subjected to an extensive array of time history analyses. The results show that the proposed EEDP designed DFHF can achieve the targeted performance objectives under different seismic shaking intensities. In addition, DFHF has sufficient margin of safety against collapse. Hence the proposed DFHF can be used as an efficient structural system in high seismic zone.

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