Assessment of design parameters influencing seismic collapse performance of buckling-restrained braced frames

Santiago Zaruma, Larry A. Fahnestock

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Buckling Restrained Braced Frames (BRBFs) are widely used as seismic force-resisting systems due to their significant ductility and energy dissipation capacity. However, owing to their modest overstrength and relatively low post-yield stiffness, BRBFs subjected to seismic loading may be susceptible to concentrations of story drift and global instability triggered by P-∆ effects. Due to the use of simplistic methods that are based on elastic stability, current code-based design provisions do not address seismic stability rigorously and do not consider the unique inelastic characteristics of different systems. Supplemental strategies may be used to prevent undesirable seismic response of BRBFs, such as story drift concentration and large residual drift. This study employed the FEMA P695 framework to evaluate the response of BRBFs designed according to current codes in the United States and to study the effect on seismic stability of three additional parameters: BRBF column orientation, gravity column continuity, and dual systems. Results from nonlinear static and dynamic analyses provide insight into seismic behavior, and collapse performance evaluation quantifies the relative performance of various BRBF designs and supplemental strategies for enhancing seismic stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
StatePublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Buckling-restrained braced frame
  • Collapse assessment
  • Dynamic stability
  • P-Δ effects
  • Seismic design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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