Satish Paudel MSEQ 014

AN INVESTIGATIVE STUDY OF THE SEISMIC PERFORMANCE OF THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
AND PERFORMANCE-BASED APPROACH OF RETROFITTING UNREINFORCED MASONRY
STRUCTURES WITH TIMBER FRAMES FOR SEISMIC LOADS

OBJECTIVE

 To analyze conventional URM building’s seismic performance.
 To identify the major structural systems of URM structures.
 To use performance based design code - FEMA 356 for analyzing and retrofitting Masonry structures
which might be relevant in our present context.

METHODOLOGY

The structural inadequacy of existing unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to resist possible seismic
loading is a serious problem in many parts of our country. With this in mind, the existing infrastructure
in these regions needs to be rehabilitated to reduce the overall risk to life-safety and property loss. The
various analyses methods will be reviewed and applied to a typical URM structure. This study will
include defining the seismic loads on the structure, choosing a performance level, and subsequently
analyzing the existing structure through both linear and nonlinear procedures.

Expected outcomes

The results of each analysis will be compared and recommendations will be made for retrofitting
existing URM buildings according to performance-based principles.

References

1. Applied Technology Council (ATC), "Prestandard and Commentary for the Seismic Rehabilitation of
Buildings," FEMA-356, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C., 2000.
2. T. Pauley, M.J.N. Priestley, “Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings”, John Wiley
& Sons, Inc., New York.
3. W.Henry, B.P.Sinha, S.R.Davis, Design of Masonry Structures”, E & FN Spon, London UK.