Seismic vulnerability analysis of wide-beam buildings in Spain
Document typeConference report
PublisherInternational Association for Earthquake Engineering
Rights accessOpen Access
A number of short-to-mid height RC buildings with wide beams have been constructed in moderate-seismicity areas of Spain. The seismic behavior in the direction of the wide beams appears to be deficient because of low lateral strength, low ductility of the wide beams, big strut compressive forces inside the column-beam connections, and unreliable contribution of the spandrel zones of the wide beams. In the orthogonal direction, the behavior is worse since only the joists and the façade beams contribute to the lateral resistance. The objective is to assess the seismic capability of these structures; further research will involve proposing retrofit strategies. The research approach consists of selecting a number of representative buildings and evaluating their vulnerability by code-type, push-over and dynamic analyses. The cooperation of the masonry infill walls is accounted for. The main conclusion is that the seismic behavior of these buildings is inadequate in most of the situations.
CitationDomínguez, D.J., Lopez Almansa, F., Benavent-Climent, A. Seismic vulnerability analysis of wide-beam buildings in Spain. A: World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. "15 World Conference on Earthquake Engineering". Lisboa: International Association for Earthquake Engineering, 2012, p. 1-10.