Evaluation of Modified Fish-Bone Model for Estimating Seismic Demands of Irregular MRF Structures
This paper evaluates the accuracy of the Modified Fish-Bone (MFB) model for estimating the maximum inter-story drift ratio of irregular moment resisting frame (MRF) structures. To make this model applicable to irregular MRF structures, some modifications are made to the MFB formula. In order to evaluate the accuracy of the MFB model, several irregular frames with different types of irregularities are considered when subjected to different ground motions with different intensities. A local and a global error measure are defined and they are calculated for different frame models subjected to different earthquake records. The effects of different irregularities, ductility demand and frame height on the accuracy of the MFB model are investigated. Based on the results obtained from this evaluation, two simple and effective approaches are suggested to improve the MFB models.