Computation of Inelastic Response


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Title: Computation of Inelastic Response

Author(s): Christian Meyer

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 127


Appears on pages(s): 199-238

Keywords: buildings; computer programs; cyclic loads; damage; frames; dynamic structural analysis; earthquakes; elastic properties; mathematical models; nonlinear programming; reinforced concrete; Structural Research

Date: 10/1/1991

The analysis of the response of building structures to dynamic loads is a difficult task, especially if the response is nonlinear, as in the case of concrete buildings subjected to strong seismic ground shaking. This is one of the most difficult tasks facing the structural engineer. The methods available for linear elastic analysis are summarized briefly, together with comments on the development of proper mathematical models for such analysis. A discussion of the main techniques suitable for the inelastic analysis of concrete buildings follows, again accompanied by practical guidelines for mathematical modeling for such analyses. The last section provides a list of several computer programs for engineers contemplating inelastic analyses of concrete buildings.