Assessment of Collapse Modes in Reinforced Concrete Frames Considering Record-to-Record and Modeling Uncertainties

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1 Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Faculty, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 41635-3756, Rasht, Iran

2 Dept. of Civil Eng., the University of Guilan, Rasht, I. R. Iran

3 Department of Civil Engineering, Sh arif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9313, Tehran, Iran.


Dominant collapse mechanisms (DCMs) have been reported to play an important role in collapse capacity of structural systems and the seismic losses consequent to it. Therefore, DCMs of Reinforced Concrete (RC) frames have been studied, in this article, considering Record-to-Record (RTR) and modeling uncertainties. Two sets of RC frames have been designed, in this regard, that share the design assumptions but contain different levels of over-strength. Each set contains 26, 4- to 20-story nonlinearly modeled frames. Initially, Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA) was used to identify frames’ DCMs. The RTR variability reflected through IDA was next combined with spectral shape and pulse effects of the ground motion records. Modeling uncertainties were introduced finally to the study using a response surface based Monte Carlo method. The study results reveal that the degree to which DCMs are affected by the associated uncertainties is a function of the over-strength provided to the frames. This affection is found to be generally important and particularly remarkable for especially detailed ductile structures.


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