Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Framing Systems

by S. K. Ghosh, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA,
W. G. Corley, Univ of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Mexico Earthquakes—1985: Factors Involved and Lessons Learned


On September 19, 1985, Mexico City was hit by what is believed to have been the most damaging earthquake in its recorded history. In this report, a ground motion recorded in the severely damaged portion of the city was used to calculate the responses of hypothetical buildings including those having periods of about two seconds, the predominant period of the ground motion. Calculated drift considering inelastic behavior was compared with drift capacities of concrete specimens tested in the laboratory.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Concrete frames | Ground motion | Structural behavior | Structural systems | Material properties | Drift (structural) | Earthquakes | Mexico City | Mexico

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