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This report contains state-of-the art reviews of present serviceability design methods for steel-framed buildings, details and results of full-scale dynamic testing of steel-framed structures and presents investigations of new serviceability modelling methods. State-of-the art reviews were performed to investigate the present status of serviceable design as reflected in code requirements around the world. This involved an investigation of serviceability load levels and combinations, deformation types and limits. Previous general studies in the area of serviceability were reviewed. Literature reviews were also made of the in-plane stiffness and limits to serviceability of non-structural components. Two full-scale steel-framed buildings were tested. The objective of these tests was to use dynamic techniques to observe the real in-service lateral stiffness of steel-framed structures. Two testing techniques were used: counterbalanced rotating masses and impulse loading using a hammer blow. Both investigations concluded that structural response at service load levels is dominated by the behaviour of non-structural components.

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Authors: BIJL C, Centrum Staal, Rotterdam (NL);BIJAARD F, TNO Bouw, Delft (NL);ZANDONINI R, Fac Ingegneria, Università di Trento (IT);NETHERCOT D, University of Nottingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15819 EN (1997) 172pp., FS, ECU 30.00
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-0167-5
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