Seismic force demand on ductile reinforced concrete shear walls subjected to western North American ground motions: Part 2 — new capacity design methods

Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Impact Factor: 0.56). 07/2012; 39(7):738-750. DOI: 10.1139/l2012-044


This paper proposes for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard A23.3 new capacity design methods, accounting for higher mode amplification effects, for determining, for a single plastic hinge design, capacity design envelopes for flexural and shear strength design of regular ductile reinforced concrete cantilever walls used as seismic force resisting system for multistorey buildings. The derivation of these methods is based on the outcomes from a review on various capacity design methods proposed in the current literature and recommended by design codes and from the extensive parametric study presented in the companion paper. A discussion on the limitations of the proposed methods and on their applicability to various wall systems is presented.

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    ABSTRACT: A parametric study of regular ductile reinforced concrete (RC) cantilever walls designed with the 2010 National building code of Canada and the 2004 Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard A23.3 for Vancouver is performed to investigate the influence of the following parameters on the higher mode amplification effects, and hence on the seismic force demand: number of storeys, fundamental lateral period (T), site class, wall aspect ratio, wall cross-section, and wall base flexural overstrength (γw). The study is based on inelastic time-history analyses performed with a multilayer beam model and a smeared membrane model accounting for inelastic shear–flexure–axial interaction. The main conclusions are that (i) T and γw are the studied parameters affecting the most dynamic shear amplification and seismic force demand, (ii) the 2004 CSA standard A23.3 capacity design methods are inadequate, and (iii) a single plastic hinge design may be inadequate and unsafe for regular ductile RC walls with γw < 2.0.
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