Buildings, Vol. 13, Pages 1361: The Comparison of Code-Based and Empirical Seismic Fragility Curves of Steel and RC Buildings

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Buildings, Vol. 13, Pages 1361: The Comparison of Code-Based and Empirical Seismic Fragility Curves of Steel and RC Buildings

Buildings doi: 10.3390/buildings13061361

Authors:
Mahnoosh Biglari
Behrokh Hosseini Hashemi
Antonio Formisano

Seismic codes were developed to reduce the structural vulnerability and risk associated with earthquakes in earthquake-prone regions of the world. The effectiveness of the code in preventing damage is dependent on the performance level defined and the construction technology employed. The seismic fragility curves for two recent versions of the seismic code of Iran are determined by using the hybrid method. The probability of damage levels is visualized by these curves. To develop these curves, only the assumptions of the code are taken into account. These curves are compared with the empirical fragility of the recent devastating earthquake in Iran. The results indicate that, despite a similar probability of damage to the different seismic-resistant systems, steel-braced frames pose a greater risk of collapse. Concerning earthquake damage, the steel and RC moment-resisting frames have shown higher damage probability than expected from the code.

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