How reliable are global computer models: correlation with large-scale tests
The pseudodynamic tests recently performed at the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment provide an unprecedented wealth of experimental results against which computer models can be assessed. Research focuses on the simplest nonlinear models for reinforced concrete (RC) structures. These are the most widely used, therefore calibration guidelines are badly needed. Moreover, since their use does not require particular mastery of numerical techniques, they may be used by professional engineers as an alternative to the linear models that have almost exclusively adopted so far. The experimental results for a number of RC structures are compared with the results which can be obtained by means of nonlinear analyses with simple global models. They proved to be simple and reliable. Some derived calibration guidelines for these models are presented, which may be used as a source of reference for studying similar ductile structures.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Earthquake Spectra
Record Number: 199711703 / Last updated on: 1998-01-20
Original language: en
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