STRAIN BASED PERFORMANCE EVALUATION CHARTS FOR RECTANGULAR REINFORCED CONCRETE COLUMNS IN NONLINEAR ANALYSIS OF STRUCTURES
Oğuz Bahadır Şadan
(Thesis Supervisor: M. Nuray Aydınoğlu)
Several methods and criterion are being used recently in determination of the deformations occurred in structural elements of a building and performance evaluation of these structural elements under earthquake motion using nonlinear analysis. Performance evaluation of structures under nonlinear earthquake loading using material strains, rather than the rotations as commonly used in other seismic codes (FEMA356, ATC40, EUROCODE8 etc.) is the basic subject of this study. Performance evaluation using material strains is also being mentioned in Chapter 13 of New Turkish Seismic Code Dra3. For performance evaluation using member strains, Strain Based Performance Evuluation Charts for rectangular reinforced concrete columns have been formed which bring easiness by omitting several cross sectional analysis in order to transform rotations into strains. These Strain Based Performance Evaluation Charts are intended to be very useful for the structural engineers who will practice nonlinear analysis using New Turkish Seismic Code in the future. However it should be noticed that these charts are formed only for rectangular reinforced columns with limited concrete-steel grade combinations. Therefore further studies should be performed for other combinations and beams.