Irregularity of the distribution of masonry infill panels and its effect on the seismic collapse of reinforced concrete buildings

Juan Carlos Vielma, Roberto Aguiar, Carlos Frau, Abel Zambrano

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On 16 April 2016, an earthquake of Mw 7.8 shook the coast of Ecuador, causing the de-struction of buildings and a significant number of casualties. Following a visit by the authors to the city of Portoviejo during the debris removal and recovery stage, it was noted that several reinforced concrete buildings located on corners had collapsed in the central part of the city. These buildings were characterized by the presence of masonry at the edges of the buildings but not between the two mostly open‐plan facades on the corner for practical reasons. This article reviews the effect of masonry infill panels on the seismic response of reinforced concrete structures. For this, a model that contains the geometric and mechanical characteristics typical of collapsed buildings was gen-erated and subjected to nonlinear analysis, with both static and dynamic increments. The results show the clear influence of the masonry infill panels on the structural response through the torsional behavior that is reflected in the evolution of the floor rotations. Finally, dynamic incremental analysis is used to obtain the collapse fragility curve of the building, and a new damage measure based on floor rotations is proposed.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo8691
PublicaciónApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volumen11
N.º18
DOI
EstadoPublicada - sept. 2021
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