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Computers and Concrete   Volume 20, Number 6, December 2017, pages 719-729
Reliability assessment of RC shear wall-frame buildings subjected to seismic loading
Ahmet Tuken, Mohamed A. Dahesh and Nadeem A. Siddiqui

Abstract     [Full Text]
    A considerable research is available on the seismic response of Reinforced Concrete (RC) shear wall-frame buildings, but the studies on the reliability of such buildings, with the consideration of human error, are limited. In the present study, a detailed procedure for reliability assessment of RC shear wall-frame building subjected to earthquake loading against serviceability limit state is presented. Monte Carlo simulation was used for the reliability assessment. The procedure was implemented on a 10-story RC building to demonstrate that the shear walls improve the reliability substantially. The annual and life-time failure probabilities of the studied building were estimated by employing the information of the annual probability of earthquake occurrence and the design life of the building. A simple risk-based cost assessment procedure that relates both the structural life-time failure probability and the target reliability with the total cost of the building was then presented. The structural failure probability (i.e., the probability of exceeding the allowable drift) considering human errors was also studied. It was observed that human error in the estimation of total load and/or concrete strength changes the reliability sharply.
Key Words
    serviceability limit state; RC shear wall-frame building; reliability; story drift; earthquake loading
Ahmet Tuken, Mohamed A. Dahesh and Nadeem A. Siddiqui: Department of Civil Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia

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