Performance-Based Seismic Design and Parametric Assessment of Linked Column Frame System
Linked column frame system, as a new seismic load-resisting system, has a proper seismic behavior in various performance objectives due to ductile behavior of replaceable link beams. Thus, returning to occupancy after moderate earthquake is rapid and low-cost. Performance-based seismic design methods should be used for this system in order to have proper seismic behavior. In this study, by using performance-based plastic design method, a highly accurate and simple design procedure is proposed for this system. 9 prototype structures with 3, 6 or 9 stories and with 3, 4 or 5 bays are selected for parametric design and assessment. For assessment of the designed structures, nonlinear static and dynamic analyses with models according to experimental test results of the members and recommended ground motion records of FEMA P695 are used. According to analyses results, the designed structures in three hazard levels meet the performance objectives.