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A full scale, three-storey, one-bay steel moment resisting frame, designed with Eurocode 8 (EC8), has been constructed and tested pseudo-dynamically (PSD) at the Reaction Wall Facility of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) at Ispra, Italy. The objectives of this research project were to study the seismic behaviour of a realistic steel frame, by conducting numerical seismic time-history frame analyses using available computer models, and to identify potential up-dating needs in the Eurocodes. The test results have demonstrated that the steel frame structure had flexible beam-to-column joints and connections. Under seismic loading, plastic hinges were formed in those locations and not in the girder-ends as anticipated in EC8. Study of the experimental and analytical results showed the necessity to size the joint shear panel zone using allowable stress design (ASD) criteria.

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Authors: KAKALIAGOS A K, University of California at San Diego, Department of AMES, La Jolla (US);VERZELETTI G, JRC Ispra (IT);MAGONNETTE G, JRC Ispra (IT);PINTO A V, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Vienna (AT), August 28 - September 2, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 38447 ORA
Record Number: 199411073 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en