Stiffness Optimization Methods for Lateral Systems of Buildings: A Theoretical Basis

by William F. Baker, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


The sizing of the members of the lateral resistance system for multi-story buildings is often controlled by stiffness requirements. In order to achieve economical buildings, it is important that these members be appropriately sized and that the structural materials be efficiently distributed among the various components. This paper presents a sizing technique utilizing energy methods that is currently in use by several firms involved in the design of high-rise buildings.

Subject Headings: Building systems | Stiffening | Building design | Optimization models | Load and resistance factor design | Mid-rise buildings | Structural design | Dynamic structural analysis

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