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Bedir Bekar - 0707295

Performance-based structural design of a RC high-rise building in central London with seismic considerations
CE3099 Individual Project

Contents 1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................................... 4 1.1 Purpose of project ...................................................................................................................... 4 1.2 Project overview ........................................................................................................................ 4 1.2.1 Site location ....................................................................................................................... 4 1.2.2 A4 tower ............................................................................................................................ 5 2 Design process ................................................................................................................................... 6 2.1 Project literature ........................................................................................................................ 7 2.1.1 Eurocodes .......................................................................................................................... 7 2.1.2 Eurocode 1 - EN1990 - Actions on structures ................................................................... 8 2.1.3 Eurocode 2 - EN 1992: Design of concrete structures..................................................... 10 2.1.4 Eurocode 8 - EN 1998: Design of structures for earthquake resistance .......................... 14 2.2 Design guides .......................................................................................................................... 19 2.2.1 IStructE - Manual for the design of building structures to Eurocode 1 and Basis of Structural Design ............................................................................................................................. 20 2.2.2 IStructE - Manual for the design of concrete building structures to Eurocode 2 ............ 20 2.2.3 IStructE - Manual for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8 20 3 Scheme Design ................................................................................................................................ 21 3.1 General Arrangement .............................................................................................................. 21 3.2 Occupancy loads ...................................................................................................................... 22 3.3 Dead loads ............................................................................................................................... 23 3.3.1 Slab dead load.................................................................................................................. 23 3.3.2 Cladding perimeter load .................................................................................................. 24 3.4 Load combinations .................................................................................................................. 24 3.5 Structural durability and member sizing.................................................................................. 24 3.5.1 Durability ......................................................................................................................... 24 3.5.2 Member sizing ................................................................................................................. 25 3.6 Wind load ................................................................................................................................ 27 3.7 Serviceability and comfortability criteria for wind loading..................................................... 33 4 Primary design and analysis ............................................................................................................ 34 4.1 FEA Model .............................................................................................................................. 34 4.1.1 Construction and Assumptions ........................................................................................ 35 4.1.2 Loadings .......................................................................................................................... 38 4.1.3 Materials .......................................................................................................................... 38 4.1.4 Load cases and combinations .......................................................................................... 39 4.1.5 Simplification and limitations in modelling .................................................................... 39 5 Secondary design and analysis ........................................................................................................ 40 5.1 Desirable characteristics for desired lateral response and dynamic analysis........................... 40 5.2 Seismic analysis....................................................................................................................... 41 5.2.1 Seismicity of site ............................................................................................................. 41 5.3 Structural dynamics ................................................................................................................. 42 5.3.1 Modal analysis outputs .................................................................................................... 43 5.4 Structural response to ground motion ...................................................................................... 46 5.4.1 Desirable characteristics of earthquake resistant buildings ............................................. 46 5.4.2 Damage limitation ........................................................................................................... 46 5.4.3 Response spectrum analysis to EC8 ................................................................................ 47 5.4.4 Multimodal analysis response spectrum analysis using SAP2000 .................................. 51 6 Design Performance ........................................................................................................................ 53 6.1 Comfortability criteria performance ........................................................................................ 61 6.2 Design implications ................................................................................................................. 62 6.2.1 P- effects ....................................................................................................................... 62 6.2.2 Axial shortening .............................................................................................................. 63 7 Conclusions ..................................................................................................................................... 63 8 References ....................................................................................................................................... 65

List of Figures Figure 1 - Site location and layout of Canada Quays A Sites ....................................................................5 Figure 2 - Architectural impression and typical section detail (Courtesy of URS Corp. Ltd) ...................5 Figure 3 Project process overview ..........................................................................................................6 Figure 4 - Relation of Eurocodes to each other (IStructE manual to EC1) ................................................8 Figure 5 - Wind load distribution on a tall building ...................................................................................9 Figure 6 - Punching shear failure of RC flat slab (Taranath, 2010) .........................................................11 Figure 7 - Typical flat slab section ...........................................................................................................11 Figure 8 - Lateral load deformation of shear wall ....................................................................................12 Figure 9 - Lateral load deformation of rigid frame ..................................................................................12 Figure 10 - Lateral load behaviour of shear wall-frame structure ............................................................13 Figure 11 - Three stages of seismic modelling (Bommer and Stafford, 2009) ........................................14 Figure 12 - High-rise building behaviour during earthquakes (Taranath, 2010)......................................15 Figure 13 - Forced vibration of mass-spring damper system (Elghazouli, 2009) ....................................17 Figure 14 - Base vibration subjected on a mass-spring-damper system (Elghazuoli, 2009)....................17 Figure 15 - damping effects on free vibrations (Williams, 2009) ............................................................18 Figure 16 - Mode shapes of a four storey building and shear wall ..........................................................19 Figure 17 - 1st floor general arrangement ................................................................................................21 Figure 18 - Simplified general arrangement of an individual floor..........................................................22 Figure 19 - Simplified elevation...............................................................................................................23 Figure 20 - Internal RC slab components.................................................................................................23 Figure 21 - Span/depth ratio for solid flat slabs .......................................................................................25 Figure 22 - Values for Cdir from UK NA to EC1 part 1-4 ........................................................................27 Figure 23 - Aerial view of site location and surrounding terrain (location of A4 in red triangle) ...........28 Figure 24 - obstruction height and upwind spacing (IStructE guide to EC1 pp.108) ..............................28 Figure 25 - Eurocode equivalent to wind loading for buildings up to 200m (IStructE, 2010).................29 Figure 26 - Key to external pressure coefficients for a rectangular plan building (IStructE, 2010) ........30 Figure 27 - adapted external pressure coefficient key ..............................................................................31 Figure 28 - human perception levels to wind induced acceleration (Hira, 2003) ....................................33 Figure 29 - Typical floor plan and elevation of A4 model in SAP2000 ..................................................36 Figure 30 - extruded view of FEA model with offsets and insertion points of structural elements .........37 Figure 31 - Use of the diaphragm constraint to model a rigid floor slab .................................................37 Figure 32 - Static wind point loads applied on positive wind pressure face ............................................38 Figure 33 - Seismic hazard map of Peak Ground Accelerations on rock (PGA) for 475 year and 2500 year return periods (IStructE manual to EC8) ..........................................................................................41 Figure 34 - Interstorey drift (EC8) ...........................................................................................................47 Figure 35 - Displacement amplification factor curves for an SDOF structure subject to sinusoidal ground shaking (Williams 2009) ..............................................................................................................48 Figure 36 - Typical time-history accelerogram ........................................................................................48 Figure 37 - Typical response spectra with envelope (left) with EC8 Response spectrum (right) ............49 Figure 38 - Values of horizontal response spectrum parameters recommended in EC8 ..........................50 Figure 39 - Methods of analysis for new buildings permitted by EC8 (IStructE manual to EC8)...........50 Figure 40 - Response spectrum parameters for EC8 in SAP2000............................................................52 Figure 41 - Deformed shapes in FEA model ............................................................................................53 Figure 42 Concept of transferring lateral load and flexural deformation of vertical cantilever ...............54 Figure 43 Maximum axial forces in shear core .....................................................................................55 Figure 44 - anticipated region of wall-frame interaction..........................................................................56 Figure 45 - Lateral storey drift for Unfavourable loading ........................................................................58 Figure 46 - Lateral storey drift for favourable loading ............................................................................58 Figure 47 - Inter-storey drift for unfavourable loading ............................................................................59 Figure 48 - Inter-storey drift ratio for unfavourable loading ....................................................................59


Purpose of project

The intention of this project is to demonstrate the design considerations, technical processes and applied analytical methods in the performance based structural design process of a high-rise reinforced concrete (RC) structure situated in Central London. The report covers the work undertaken throughout the analytical stages and the corresponding design implications the structural behaviour will have on the detailed design process to provide a functioning RC frame fit for the planned end-use of the building. The proposed structural form of the building is based on real-life client specifications for a project provided by URS Corporation Ltd. Analysis and design of the structure is to conform to relevant design codes (Eurocodes) and encompass the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, in conjunction with applied engineering judgement. The project intends to outline the fundamental concepts and applications of engineering judgement required for high-rise building design. Essentially, this can be characterised as: Structural analysis and design to requirements of Eurocode 2 Calculation of Wind and seismic loading to relevant Eurocodes and corresponding application to FEA model Consideration of global structural performance to and secondary seismic design performance to Eurocode 8 Encompass usage and learning of Finite Element Analysis software (SAP2000)

The intention of the project is not to detail and analyse the complex behaviour of every individual structural element to the level of final detailed design, but rather to investigate the global behaviour of a high-rise RC structure under wind and seismic lateral loading. The structure considers typical UK highrise building design procedures of design to gravity loading and wind loading, but demonstrates the implications of seismic design factored into the typical UK design procedure. Although seismic design is not common practice for the structural design of regular high-rise structures within the larger UK area, the effects of low seismicity may pose some threat of exceeding performance criteria outlined in EN standards. The predominant aim of the project is to perform an analysis of the global structural behaviour under wind and seismic lateral loading, and check the compatibility of the expected structural performance to serviceability limit state checks such as overall deflection, storey drift and interstorey drift ratio, as well as considerations into human comfortability criteria.


Project overview
Site location

The proposed high-rise building is part of a residential-led mixed-use development in the London Borough of Southwark (LBS), to provide 144 units of new residential accommodation together with 530m2 of retail space. The proposed development comprises a 26 storey residential tower with ground floor retail space including a full basement for cycle/plant and refuse storage. This 26 storey tower (named A4 Tower) functions as the feature structure of the entire development, and is the high-rise structure that this project pertains to. The site is located on Surrey Quays Road; in the LBS. Canada Water Underground station and Canada Dock are located immediately to the south of the site, with the River Thames approximately 300m to the north of the site. The A4 site is currently undeveloped and being used for the site compound, whilst the adjacent residential plots are currently under construction. A4 Tower is highlighted in the red triangle in figure 1.

Figure 1 - Site location and layout of Canada Quays A Sites


A4 tower

The design for A4 tower comprises of a 26 storey tower to be formed with a reinforced concrete (RC) frame with flat slabs supported on columns and walls. The ground floor/mezzanine area will be for retail space, whilst the remaining floors (1-24) upwards are of residential use requirements. Furthermore, the roof area will provide a congregational terrace with open area seating and planters, for occupants of the building to enjoy. The height of the building is 88m, with a height to width ratio of ~ 4. Figure 2 details the architectural impression and a typical section of the building with corresponding heights for each area.

Roof Terrace with tall parapets (82.64 88m)

Residential Floors 1st-24th (8-82.64m)

Ground floor/Mezzanine level (0-8m)

RC Lift/Stair Core

Figure 2 - Architectural impression and typical section detail (Courtesy of URS Corp. Ltd)

For value engineering purposes and simplicity in construction, the design is to ensure that all the columns are continuous from basement car park to roof level, thus removing the need for costly transfer structures. The design will adopt a column grid of approx 5.0m2 with 200mm thick RC flat slabs. In order to support the roof terrace area, the roof slab will be formed with a 250mm thick RC slab to allow for additional loading. The central stair/lift core which is comprised of RC shear walls will provide the lateral stability of the structure. It will also act as the main access channels for occupants of the building. Detailed information regarding the scheme design, general layout and sizing of structural elements can be found in the Structural Scheme design section of this report.

This project will only involve itself with the design and analysis of the superstructure, as an investigation into the behaviour of a high-rise RC building. The predominant concern regards the performance of the building under lateral loading, and the implications that the effects of lateral loading will have on the structure in order to ensure the desired performance. Consideration will not be made into building substructures (foundations), mechanical services and other building design issues that may be integrated into the life-cycle of the whole structure.

Design process

A high-rise/tall building can be defined as a buildings where in terms of structural considerations, its strength and behaviour in terms of serviceability (deflections) is governed predominantly by lateral loads. The lateral loads are a cause of wind and/or earthquake action upon the building. Although there is no specific value that defines a tall building, a commonly acceptable dividing line is where the structural design moves from the field of statics into the field of dynamics. It is therefore imperative to consider these aspects in the design of the structure. A typical characteristic of tall building design is the significance of all three design criteria in producing a satisfactory structural solution: Strength, Serviceability and Stability. The principal contributing factor is the presence of lateral loads, which increasingly dominates the structural form with increasing height. For lowrise buildings, strength of individual components is the governing criteria however for buildings with increasing height the global behaviour under lateral loading becomes increasingly important. The project processes for A4 towers analysis and design are as shown in the pert Chart found in figure 3. It has been broken down into the 5 key stages of scheme design, primary analysis & design, Secondary analysis & design, analysis interpretation, and technical reporting.

Figure 3 Project process overview

The scheme design process entails the interpretation of the provided architectural specifications. This information will aid in producing a design scheme where the structural form and preliminary sizes of structural members will be determined from. Furthermore the scheme design will require the determination of the structural loading. Load cases and combinations will be determined through usage of Eurocode 1, and will help determine self weights of construction materials, live occupancy loads and wind loading. Upon completion of the scheme design, the creation of the model in the Finite Element Analysis software will follow. This stage will also detail the assumptions and application of engineering judgement made in the FEA design process. Once the functional layout of the structure has been determined through the scheme design process, the preliminary analysis process will follow. The predominant mode of analysis will be via the FEA model (in

SAP2000). Furthermore the wind-loads will be applied to the FEA model, and used in conjunction to determine the preliminary effects on strength and serviceability that they will incur. Secondary analysis entails the determination of the effects of wind and seismic loading on the stability of the structure. The effects of the wind loads from EC1 will form part of a more rigorous final analysis together with an unconventional consideration into seismic effects in the UK. Then, checks on deflections and global effects will be performed. This will typically involve investigation of the gravity loading effects, lateral deflections and member forces. The seismic loading will then be determined from EC8, and a dynamic analysis will be required to determine the induced lateral deflections. Hence, in the high-rise design process a thorough knowledge of the structures modes of behaviour is a prerequisite to determine the global behaviour of the finalised load bearing scheme. Therefore an investigation into the modal behaviour of the structure will be used in conjunction with adequate wind and seismic analysis techniques. The analysis interpretation process is essentially an ongoing function of the primary and secondary stages of analysis. As the nature of the analysis becomes more complex with each differing applications of load types, the process will necessitate iteration. The effects of loading may call for structural alterations and even substantial rearrangement of members which in turn will necessitate a complete review of the design. It is therefore anticipated that the various preliminary stages of analysis will be repeated a number of times before acceptable performance is achieved. Although the architectural layout of the structure is not being modified for the purpose of this project, in reality, changes to the buildings layout will be required as clients and architects ideas of the building evolve. This in turn, prompts the engineer to modify and reiterate the design process. It is therefore necessary to form an appreciation of this stage. The purpose of this report is invariably classed as the technical reporting stage of the project process. Essentially this provides the client with the engineers design intent, and justification of method.


Project literature

Due to the design focused nature of this project, the literature is largely based on structural design codes and corresponding guidance literature. Involvement with these forms of literature is common practice for all structural designers (within the public or private sector), and in the case of the required national engineering practices are deemed as legal requirements that must be satisfied to produce safe and structurally sound designs for human end-use. The literature that has aided this project process is as follows. 2.1.1 Eurocodes Eurocodes are a new set of European design codes for building and civil engineering projects. They have been developed through combined engineering expertise from the European Unions member states over the past 30 years, with the intention of providing a framework for the standards used in assessing structural products for CE marking. Eurocodes are intended to be the mandatory design guidance for all European public works, and likely to become de-facto standards for the private sectors of engineering and construction. Eurocodes, act to ensure uniform levels of safety for construction in Europe. They also form a common and transparent basis for fair competition in the civil engineering business sectors. Furthermore, they facilitate the exchange of construction services and broaden the use of materials and structural components within the EU (Eurocodes Expert, 2007). Primarily, the Eurocodes are intended for the structural engineer and have to be included in the design and calculation process of buildings and all other types of structures. Facets of consideration within a typical project can include geotechnical aspects, structural fire design, seismic design, construction, temporary structures and much more. However, due to the involvement of other parties in the Civil Engineering project lifecycle (e.g. geotechnical engineer, project architect, building services engineer, quantity surveyors), Eurocode guidance will also play an important role in their design considerations in the project. The Eurocodes are a series of 10 European standards, each of many parts, and related as shown in figure 4.

Figure 4 - Relation of Eurocodes to each other (IStructE manual to EC1)

EC0 - EN 1990: Basis of structural design EC1 - EN 1991: Actions on structures EC2 - EN 1992: Design of concrete structures EC3 - EN 1993: Design of steel structures EC4 - EN 1994: Design of composite steel and concrete structures EC5 - EN 1995: Design of timber structures

EC6 - EN 1996: Design of masonry structures EC7 - EN 1997: Geotechnical design EC8 - EN 1998: Design of structures for earthquake resistance EC9 - EN 1999: Design of aluminium structures

Furthermore, the codes are utilised with the National Annex (NA) of the concerned member state of the projects location. The National Annexes permits each member state to take into account its own local differences concerning geography, climate and traditional building practices. The safety level however remains the responsibility of the government of each member state and differs within each state. Whenever the EN Eurocodes are used for a structure the National Annex of the state in which the structure is built, must be utilised. Countries adopting the EN standard are responsible for issuing a set of National Annexes (NAs). This defines the national decision on the situations within each Eurocode where national choice is permitted. The NA therefore gives the national values for nationally defined parameters (NDPs), which country specific data such as seismicity maps and the national decisions on whether or not informative annexes to the Eurocode may be used. References may also be made to nonconflicting, complementary information issued to support the application of the Eurocode. A prerequisite to the use of design codes is the engineers understanding of structural engineering fundamentals and methods of analysis, to supplement the guidance of the project. The codes utilised in this project are as follows. 2.1.2 Eurocode 1 - EN1990 - Actions on structures The intention of any structure is to provide a load-bearing system which safely and serviceably provides a form fit for end-use by its intended occupants. A fundamental stage of the design process is determining the loads that must be resisted by the structure, and Eurocode 1 provides comprehensive information on all actions that should normally be considered in the design of buildings and civil engineering works. EC1 comprises of ten different parts which detail general and specific actions induced by all forms of loading in civil and structural works. However, for the requirements of this project, the parts of Eurocode 1 that will be utilised are: Part 1-1: General actions Densities, self-weight and imposed loads Part 1-3: General actions Snow loads Part 1-4: General actions Wind actions

Part 1-1 is used to determine the dead loads of construction materials and finishes and imposed occupancy loads on the structure. The load schemes will be made apparent in the Scheme design stages.

The snow load from part 1-3 will also be considered here as part of the roof gravity loading. Part 1-4 will be a major factor relating to the behaviour of the whole structure, as it will aid in calculation of the applied wind loads which are a major concern for lateral stability of tall buildings. EC1 covers guidance for structures in the UK of height up to 200m, and it is from this code that the wind loading effects on the structure will be determined. Distribution of wind on a tall structure is as shown in figure 5. Forces due to wind are generated on the exterior of the building based on its height, local terrain roughness and the square of the wind velocity. The weight of the building has no effect on wind load design (unlike seismic), but it is helpful in resisting uplift forces that might be generated. Given that the structure has no large openings; all the wind loads will be transmitted to the exterior surfaces of the structure. As shown in figure 5, the formation of a positive pressure will occur on the windward face of the building, whilst negative suction pressure will be exerted on the leeward walls and roof, with corresponding change in magnitude along the width of the building. The lower positive wind pressure near the structures base on the windward elevation is due to the frictional effects of the surface on the flow of the wind, which diminish as effective height of the building increases from base. Positive wind pressures acts inward on the windward side of a building and suction forces act outward on most other sides and most roof surfaces due to openings (e.g. windows/doors). Special concentrations of outward force, due to aerodynamic lift occur at building corners and roof edges, particularly overhangs or parapets (BRE, 1994). Therefore the overall structure is designed for the sum of all lateral and uplift pressures and the individual parts to resist the outward and inward pressure concentrations. Furthermore, an internal pressure (wi) will be formed in the building due to any opening, whether they are intended openings or an occupant leaves an external door or window open for a prolonged period of time. Therefore, the net pressure of the wind load acting on the structure will consider the sum of the external (we) and internal (wi) pressures acting on the surface of the structural frame.





Figure 5 - Wind load distribution on a tall building

The roughness of the earths surface creates drag which converts some of the winds energy into mechanical turbulence. Since turbulence is generated at the surface, surface wind speed is much less than wind speed at high levels. Hence the wind load distribution shown in figure 5. For strong winds, the shape of wind speed profile depends mainly on the degree of surface roughness, caused by the overall drag effect of buildings, trees, and other projections that impede flow of wind at the surface level (Taranath, 2010), and thus the exhibited wind pressure profile. It is also the reason why EC1 lists terrain categories with corresponding values for terrain roughness. Frictional effects on velocity profile will be larger in town terrain due to surface interference from the built environment, whilst in

countryside areas the wind speeds will be greater due to lack of a built environment. Furthermore, the distance of the structure from sea shoreline is considered, as the winds of highest speed will occur at or close to sea due to the minimal frictional interference of the ocean surfaces with the wind flow. This will diminish the further inland the structure is sited. For tall flexible buildings subject to wind load, assessment of oscillatory movements due to fluctuating winds is imperative. Such movements can induce responses in humans ranging from mild discomfort to acute nausea or motion sickness. There is no code specific guidance or regulations stating acceptable limits for comfort criteria, yet the unsatisfactory performance of a large investment such as a tall building can direly affect the occupants/owners of the structure. The principal factor governing the degree of human comfort is the acceleration of the building. An accurate method to determine exceedance of certain levels of comfort is through wind-tunnel testing of the model; however a preliminary manual investigation into exceedance of comfort criteria will be made. 2.1.3 Eurocode 2 - EN 1992: Design of concrete structures The principal design code that will be used for project purposes is Eurocode 2 (EC2). EC2 applies to the design of buildings and civil engineering works in plain, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete. It complies with the principles and requirements for the safety and serviceability of structures, the basis of their design and verification that are given in Eurocode 0 EN 1990: Basis of structural design. EC2 is only concerned with the requirements for resistance, serviceability, durability and fire resistance of concrete structures. Other requirements, e.g. concerning thermal or sound insulation, are not considered. Only Part 1-1: General Common rules for building and civil engineering structures is utilised for this project. This will provide the general structural design basis of the RC frame, and will be used in conjunction with other design and analysis methods for tall building design. Structural performance of tall buildings The structural form adopted is one in which the lateral stability will be provided predominantly by the central lift/stair core comprised of RC shear wall, with the flat slabs supported on each floor by connection to the inner core and interior & edge columns. Traditionally, the majority of lateral loadresisting systems can be classed into three basic categories. Shear wall systems, frame systems and shear wall-frame systems (a hybrid of the previous two). A4 tower will act as a shear-wall frame system; however the shear wall is intended to resist the majority (if not all) of the horizontal loads in the system, with the external columns providing supplementary support as external rigid frame members. A prerequisite for desirable response of the structure to horizontal loads is to interconnect all lateralforce-resisting components with a relatively rigid diaphragm surface. This is achieved with the use of floor and roof systems, which generally possess large in-plane stiffness. This diaphragm action will be provided by the RC flat slabs in the case of this structure, whilst the vertical elements (Shear wall and columns) will contribute to the total lateral force resistance (in proportion to their own stiffness). The function of the diaphragm is to transmit the inertia forces generated by the wind/earthquake accelerations of the floor mass at a given level to the horizontal load resisting members (Taranath, 2010). The column members interacting with shear walls will provide the necessary resistance to lateral forces, while each member carries its appropriate share of the gravity load. The lateral stiffness of the structure may be further enhanced by adjusting the orientation of certain vertical members with the direction of their major sectional axis in that of the horizontal load direction. The flat-slab method system (figure 7) has no beam elements except for at the balcony edges, and so to resist the moment couple, the diaphragm must act as a deep plate resisting both bending and shear forces. Either type of the diaphragm behaviour requires effective transfer of bending and shears forces, necessitating careful detailing of connections between the diaphragm and the lateral support systems.


Flat slab

Column Figure 7 - Typical flat slab section Figure 6 - Punching shear failure of RC flat slab (Taranath, 2010)

The flat slab structure is essentially one of the simplest structural forms that can be adopted for highrise design. The flat soffit of the slab and column connection requires uncomplicated framework, and means that the soffit can be used as the ceiling as due the requirement for minimal ceiling finishing. However at the detailed design stage, considerable thought must be given to punching shear capacity of the slab/column connection. Punching shear occurs in a two-way concrete flat slab due to the lack of beams in the slabs connection to the columns. It is the tendency of the slab to drop as a unit around the column, as shown in figure 6. The column essentially punches through the slab, with cracking appearing on the top surface of the slab due to the high stresses. Avoidance of this collapse mechanism is imperative, so as to not to affect the load distribution of the structure and diaphragm action that the affected would exhibit whilst functioning normally. Punching shear can only be avoided through adequate reinforcement detailing and the considerations for this would be outlined in the later design stages of a project. For the adopted shear wall-frame system, we can essentially consider the behaviour of the structure under lateral load as a corresponding hybrid of the two components. As the core walls are interconnected in a regular tube-like form with three axes of symmetry (in the simplified model), the behaviour will be similar to that of a thin-walled beam section cantilevering off the base of the structure. The expected deformation due to resistance of horizontal loads for a simplified planar shear wall structure of 7 storeys is as shown in figure 8. The shear wall is continuous down to the base to which it is rigidly attached, thus forming a vertical cantilever. Shear walls offer high in-plane stiffness and strength, whilst also carrying gravity loads from the floor slabs at the interconnected storey levels. It is usual to locate the gravity loads at a position on plan so that they attract dead loading sufficient to suppress the maximum tensile bending stresses. However, the name shear wall can be misleading as it may imply that the walls deform predominantly in shear. Shear deformation occurs due to the fact that large fractions of the lateral load shear forces are carried in the shear wall structure and therefore exhibit the shear deformation shown in figure 8b. This is not necessarily the case, as shear walls predominantly deform in the flexural mode shown in figure 8c due to the behaviour of it like cantilevering beam in which the bending resistance is governed by the large in-plane stiffness of the entire wall structure. Furthermore, the flexural stiffness can be increased by the arrangement of shear walls in L, T, I, U or closed shaped sections (such as the core of A4s simplified model).



Tension Side


Non-deformed shape


Shear deformation shape


Flexural deformation shear wall


Figure 8 - Lateral load deformation of shear wall

Taking the rigid frame component of the structural system, the behaviour of a rigid frame under lateral loading can be demonstrated as shown in figure 9 for a 7-storey 3-bay 2D frame with infinitely rigid diaphragms. The horizontal stiffness of a rigid frame is governed by the bending resistance of the columns and their connections. In a sufficiently tall frame, lateral bending resistance is provided by the axial rigidity of the columns. As shown in figure 9b, the applied lateral loads induce storey shear forces which are resisted by the columns in that storey. This shear leads to a double curvature deformation of the columns in that storey, with a point of contraflexure approximately at the mid-height of the columns. The global deformation produces a sway shape of the structure. However, it is not represented in scale for fig. 9b that the largest sway deformation of each storey occurs is at the base, and tends to a minimum at the uppermost storey. This is due to is the shear forces at an individual storey being equal to sum of the lateral forces imposed on the structure above the storey that is being considered. Alternatively, the overall moment of the lateral load is resisted at each storey by the couple resulting from the axial and compressive forces in the columns on opposing sides of the structure (figure 9c). These axial forces lead to extension (on tensile side) and shortening (on compressive side) of the columns, which results in the overall bending and associated horizontal displacements. As a result of the cumulative rotation up with the height of the structure the storey drift increases with height (as opposed to that in figure 9b). The contribution to total storey drift from overall bending may in the highest stories exceed that of the shear contribution to drift, however the contribution to overall drift of the structure from overall bending will typically not exceed around 10% of that of the sway motion (except in very tall and slender frames). Hence the predominant mode of deformation for rigid frames is typically that of figure 9b (Smith, 1991).




a) Non-deformed shape


Shear deformation Sway mode


Flexural deformation

Figure 9 - Lateral load deformation of rigid frame


Combining the two systems to demonstrate the expected behaviour of the structural mechanism in use for Tower A4, the expected behaviour of the shear-wall frame structure under horizontal loading is as shown in figure 10. This is demonstrated by considering the predominant deformed shapes of each type and superimposing their behaviour with each other. When the structure is loaded laterally the two different deflected forms of the wall and the frame are made to interact horizontally through the slabs at each storey level. The form shown in figure 10c is the deflected form of the two acting together in a symmetric wall-frame system. As a consequence of this, the distribution of lateral loads on the wallframe system may very well be different from the distribution of the external lateral loads due to the different predominant forms of resistance each individual system component offers.

Shear shape
Point of Contraflexure

Flexural Shape

a) Flexural Deformation of Shear wall

b) Shear deformation of rigid frame

c) Combined deformation

Figure 10 - Lateral load behaviour of shear wall-frame structure

It is common practice for such systems to be designed so that it is assumed that all horizontal loading will be resisted by the shear core only, whilst the rigid frame component of the RC structure will only take gravity loading. It must be noted that wall-frame systems offer advantages in relation to the amount of horizontal loading they are subjected to. The previous design assumption can prove costly compared to considering the interaction of the two systems together. This assumption can lead to overly large shear wall system with gross reinforcement requirements, and thus it is worth considering a more rational approach to detailed final design. The advantages on the preliminary design of considering the interaction of the two are as such that: The estimated storey drift may be less than if the walls were considered to be the only horizontal load resisting members. The estimated bending moments in the walls/cores will be less if than if only wall action is considered alone. The columns of the frames can be designed as fully braced, limiting requirements to design for considerable secondary effects (i.e. P effect) The estimated shear in the frame will likely be uniform throughout the height, and as a consequence of this can be designed and constructed repetitively and economically.

Furthermore, if the structure is subjected to twist, the torsional stiffness of the core can be a significant component of the total torsional resistance of the entire building. Therefore as the core twists, the original plane sections of the core warp. Due to the relative proportions of the height, length and thickness of the entire walls, the torsional behaviour of this structure is similar to that a thin-walled beam which is cantilevering vertically from its base connection (Smith, 1991). As warping at the base is prevented by the connection to the foundation, the warping will induce vertical warping stresses and strains throughout the height of the core walls, and would typically be considered in the detailed design stages of the project. However, considering the regular and tube-like nature of the structure Torsional stiffness is assumed as adequate. Hence, the project will not be considering the twist action of the structural form due to project time-constraints.


2.1.4 Eurocode 8 - EN 1998: Design of structures for earthquake resistance Complementary to Eurocodes 1-7 and 9. EC8 states additional provisions for the structural design of buildings and civil engineering works to be constructed in seismic regions where risk to life and/or risk of structural damage are required to be reduced. Part 1-1: General rules seismic actions and rules for buildings will be utilised for the purpose of this project, where general requirements and rules for assessment of seismic actions and combinations with other actions will be detailed. EC8 and supplementary texts state that seismic design of a structure is a subtle interplay between balancing the seismic capacity of structures, with the expected seismic demand to which they may be subjected. Essentially it is the mitigation of seismic risk. In areas of moderate to high seismicity these risks could be defined as the possibility of losses of human life, social welfare or economical, due to the effects of future earthquakes. Whilst for an area of low seismicity this could be minor damage and gradual deterioration of the structure which could lead to restrained use, increased maintenance and a shortening of the intended design life. Earthquakes can exhibit a whole range of damaging effects on a particular location, including things such as soil liquefaction, landslides, surface rupture, tsunamis and more. It is however shown that the most common cause of damage on a global scale is via earthquake induced ground shaking (Bird and Bommer, 2004). This form of this ground shaking hazard is predominantly described as the probability of exceeding a specific level of ground shaking within a given time. This is known as a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA). The assessment of ground shaking hazard due to potential future earthquakes involves three stages. The first is the development of a seismicity model for the location and size of the future earthquakes in the investigated region. The second is the development of a model defining ground-motion, which predicts the expected level of shaking at a given site as a result of the investigated earthquake scenarios. Finally the third stage is the integration of these two models, into a model for the expected levels of shaking at the site of interest (Bommer and Stafford, 2009). Figure 11 provides a schematic overview of seismic hazard analysis. Where the seismicity model defines earthquake scenarios of magnitude M, at a distance R from the site of interest, whilst the ground-motion model probabilistically determines the shaking parameter of interest for the particular M-R combination employed for design. The results are then expressed in terms of acceleration response spectra as shown in the integrated model.

Figure 11 - Three stages of seismic modelling (Bommer and Stafford, 2009)

The study and determination of seismicity models is a complex realm, which in itself could fill the pages of numerous texts. In essence the concept behind the determination of the model is through historical measurement and calculation of the earthquakes epicentre. The majority of earthquakes occur due to sudden rupture of geological faults which release strain energy stored in the surrounding crust of the earths tectonic plates. This released energy radiates from the fault rupture in the form of seismic waves, where the location of the earthquake is specified by the location of the focus (hypocentre). The Epicentre is simply the projection of the hypocentre on the Earths surface, detailed in geographical


coordinates. The common practice of measuring these earthquakes over historical occurrence is down to usage of sensitive measuring equipment, and although the readings are used to pinpoint the earthquake to a specific location, it must be noted that earthquakes in reality can occur from very large sources. The magnitude of the earthquake is simply a measure of the energy released in the form of seismic waves measured in a variety of different scales but typically using the Richter scale, ML. The seismicity model then needs to specify the expected location and probability of future earthquakes of differing magnitudes, and is often compiled from regional earthquake catalogues. In the case of EC8 and the corresponding NAs this will be from catalogues of earthquakes in the UK through instrumental and historical recordings. The integrated model will aid in estimating the ground motions that will be induced by the earthquake, and the related inertial loads that will be exhibited upon the structure. Response of the structure to ground motion The behaviour of a building during an earthquake is a vibration problem. Seismic ground motion does not damage the structure by impact (through external pressures, such as wind), but rather through internally generated inertial forces caused by the vibration of the structure. Increasing the mass of the structure will have undesirable effects in earthquake design. Firstly this will result in an increase of the force the structure is subjected to, and secondly it can attribute to buckling and crushing of columns and walls when the mass of each floor pushes downwards, or moved to an eccentric position through shaking. This secondary effect is known as P and is proportional to the movement of each floor/mass. Tall buildings respond to seismic forces differently to low-rise buildings. The magnitude of the inertia forces induced during earthquakes depends on the building mass, ground acceleration, the nature of the foundation and soils, and the dynamic behaviour of the structure. If the building and its foundations where infinitely rigid, then it would exhibit the same acceleration as the ground, resulting in an inertia force of F = mg for a given ground acceleration g. However tall buildings exert a degree of flexibility in their behaviour to seismic loading, and therefore this inertial force tends to be less than the product of F = mg. Due to this flexibility, high-rise buildings experience much lower accelerations than low-rise buildings, but if a high-rise building is subjected to ground accelerations for a prolonged duration, then it may experience much larger forces if its natural period of vibration is closer to the period of the ground acceleration. This phenomenon is known as resonance, and it is this that must inherently be avoided. Hence, the magnitude of lateral force exerted on the structure is not only a function of the acceleration of the ground, but also influenced to a great extent by the type of response of the structure itself and its foundation as well. This interrelationship of building behaviour and seismic ground motion also depends on the building period determined through the modal analysis, and is formulated in the response spectrum method detailed further on.

Figure 12 - High-rise building behaviour during earthquakes (Taranath, 2010)

The intensity of the ground motion essentially reduces with increase in distance from the epicentre of the quake. This reduction, known as attenuation occurs at a faster rate for higher-frequency components


(than for lower frequency components). Although the cause of the change in rate is too complex to be fully detailed, its existence is certain in the seismic design world (Taranath 2010). This is a significant factor in the design of tall buildings, as even if the structure is located farther from the epicentre of the quake than a low-rise building, it may experience greater seismic loads due to short-frequency components of the structure not being attenuated as fast as the short-period components. As the building vibrates due to ground motion, resonance will occur if the period of the building coincides with the period of waves transmitted through the soil. The natural periods of the soil change with soil type and characteristics, but typically range from 0.5-1.0s. EC8 makes provision in response spectrum analysis as to the effects of different soil types upon the structural response. The obvious design strategy is to ensure that buildings have a natural period different from that of the expected ground vibration, so as to prevent amplification of the structures response. Basic Dynamic properties of a structure For linear dynamic analysis, a structure can be defined in terms of its stiffness, k, its mass, m, and damping, c. The oscillatory behaviour of the combination of mass and stiffness needs consideration to understand the behaviour under dynamic loading. Under application of a force, k is a constant of proportionality between the force and the displacement x (such as in Hookes law). For a simple single degree of freedom (SDOF) system the behaviour of a structure displaced from equilibrium will generate a restoring force equal to stiffness x displacement (kx). This force accelerates the structure back towards its equilibrium position with an acquired momentum of mass multiplied by velocity. The oscillatory nature of this restoring forces causes the structure to overshoot and so the sign of the process reverses and is repeated in the opposite direction, causing the structure to oscillate about its equilibrium position. It must be noted that the process can be defined in terms of energy, where the vibrations induce a repeated transfer of strain energy into kinetic energy as the structure oscillates around its unrestrained position. However, this energy will be gradually dissipated by the motion of the structure via an array of internal mechanisms. This dissipation of energy is characterised as a grouping of the internal mechanisms which result in this, known as damping which is denoted by the coefficient, c. Damping, c, is the coefficient of proportionality between force and velocity, however it is best termed as a ratio , where;

The damping of a building is dependent on the construction materials, the types of connections and the influence of non-structural elements on the stiffness characteristics of the building. Damping is attributable to internal and external influence sources. Chief among them are: External viscous damping due to surrounding air of the building. However this is often negligible due to the low viscosity of air. Internal viscous damping due to material viscosities. This is proportional to velocity of the structure under excitation. Frictional damping occurring at connections and support points of the structure. This is a frictional constant, irrespective of the velocity or displacement. Damping due to a large part of the energy absorbed due to ductility of members within the structure (Hysteretic damping). The combined behaviour of these mechanisms are grouped together into the dimensionless parameter . Damping c, is an onerous value that is very difficult to determine. Values are traditionally based on experience and empirical knowledge of structural behaviour. However, within Civil Engineering the values of can range from 0.01 to 0.10, with the low-end values typically used for wind, while those of the upper end are for seismic design (Taranath, 2010). Furthermore, the analysis methods are based on the assumption of viscous damping. Each possible displacement of the structure is a degree of freedom, and a real structure with distributed mass and stiffness has an infinite number of degrees of freedom. It is therefore the concept of


considering the dynamic behaviour of the structure using lumped parameter models. This is where the distributed mass, stiffness and damping are modelled as a number of discrete masses, m, connected by a series of springs with stiffness, k, and with dashpots representing damping. For purpose of detailing the theory, the simple SDOF structure is shown in figure 13.

Figure 13 - Forced vibration of mass-spring damper system (Elghazouli, 2009)

From Newtons second law of motion, it is evident that the resultant force, F, is equal to mass, m, multiplied by acceleration, . Therefore for a forced vibration varying with time, t, can be equated to: F or inertia force + damping force + stiffness force = external force

Where is velocity and x is displacement of the system. In the case of representing a seismic action, the structure is not forced directly, but rather the motion of the ground beneath it is subjected to a predominantly horizontal time varying motion, as in figure 14.

Figure 14 - Base vibration subjected on a mass-spring-damper system (Elghazuoli, 2009)

Due to the absence of external forces, and considering the relative displacement of the structure to the ground from a fixed datum, the previous relationship will be defined as . And by considering the relative displacement between the ground and the structure as y = x - xg, this can be further expressed as . However, the free-vibration behaviour of the structure must be considered for so as to understand the fundamental modal behaviour under earthquake excitation. Considering a SDOF system without damping included and no external force (free vibration), the equation of motion is simply . Displacing this mass from equilibrium position, it will undergo free vibrations at a rate known as the natural frequency. The solution for non-damped free of a SDOF system is given as:

n is the circular frequency measured in (radians/s), and denotes the cyclic frequency of the structure as that of the angular speed of an equivalent circular motion. More easily visualised, and of more importance to the structural engineer is the visualization of this parameter as the natural frequency of the structure, fn (measured in Hz), and the natural period Tn (time taken to complete one full cycle of oscillation and measured in seconds). Therefore


Considering with damping (where ), the solution for natural period, it is evident that the behaviour of the system will be dependent on the relative magnitudes of c, k and m. Assuming the system is critically damped, factoring in the damping ratio, then the displacement can be denoted as:

The response of a SDOF structure with T n =1, under free-vibration with release from an initial unit displacement over time that is damped (i.e. = 0.05), and undamped ( = 0) differs as shown in the graphs in figure 15.

Figure 15 - damping effects on free vibrations (Williams, 2009)

The oscillations are multiplied by a decay term, where the greater the damping, the quicker the oscillations will die away. Furthermore the natural frequency is altered by the factor , however practical values of this are often close to unity and so it is acceptable to neglect damping when calculating natural frequencies (Williams, 2009). By considering the relationships between of n, n, m, c, and k, the following equation is gained

However, not all structures can be modelled as SDOF systems, as civil engineering structures in their complex nature are multi degree-of-freedom (MDOF) systems. This is as the distributed masses and stiffness within the structure may undergo significant deformations in several modes of vibration. The solution of MDOF systems warrants usage of computer methods due to the complexity of their nature in a typical design scenario. The equation of motion for a system of N degrees of freedom can be given as:

Where [m], [c] and [k] are the mass, damping and stiffness matrices with dimensions N x N, y is the displacement vector and is an N x 1 influence vector containing vectors corresponding to the DOFs in the direction of the earthquake load and zeroes elsewhere. The stiffness matrix can be determined as for a static analysis, and is a banded matrix. The mass matrix m, is typically determined through division of the mass of each element between the nodes of the model, giving a lumped mass matrix which contains only diagonal terms (CSI, 2009). Modal behaviour A prerequisite to understanding the behaviour of a structure under dynamic lateral excitation (whether wind or seismic) is the determination of the structures mode shapes. Modal analysis is used to determine the free-vibration modes of a structure. The free vibration modes are determined by taking into account the overall mass and stiffness of the structure, to find various periods at which the structure will naturally resonate at. These natural modes of vibration provide an excellent insight into the behaviour of the structure, and are used for the basis of response spectrum analysis.


Considering the undamped free vibration of an SDOF system, we know that solution to this equation is

, whilst the

SAP2000 was utilised to perform the Modal analysis of the structure, thus determining the fundamental periods and other corresponding information of each mode of vibration for A4. SAP2000 was used to determine the undamped free-vibration modes of the structure using Eigenvector analysis. Eigen vector analysis involves the solution of the generalized eigenvalue problem for a MDOF system:

Where k is the stiffness matrix, m is the diagonal mass matrix, 2 is the diagonal matrix of eigenvalues to be solved for natural frequencies, and is the matrix of corresponding eigenvectors (mode shapes). Each eigenvalue pair is called a natural vibration mode of the structure, and the modes are identified by numbers from 1 to N in order of which they are determined from the program (CSI, 2009). In solving this, we are given N number of circular frequencies corresponding to an associated mode shape. Each mode of the structure has a distinct deformed shape with a particular natural frequency (or period) at which it occurs. The modes of vibration of a structure are a function solely of position within the structure, and independent of external loading. Typical horizontal modes of vibration for a four storey frame and a shear core structure (vertical cantilever) are as shown in figure 16.

Mode 1

Mode 2

Mode 3

Figure 16 - Mode shapes of a four storey building and shear wall

The eigenvalue is the square of the circular frequency, , for that particular mode. The cyclic frequency, f, and period T of the mode are related to by


Design guides

Design manuals are often published by national engineering institutions who act on behalf of the Engineering profession within their regions. The intentions of the design guides are to provide engineers with literature and guidance in familiarisation and prompt utilisation of the latest engineering codes. The following design manuals provided by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) have been used as aids in this project.



IStructE - Manual for the design of building structures to Eurocode 1 and Basis of Structural Design This Manual provides guidance on the design of building structures which rely on actions determined from all parts of EC1 and EC0. Given the complexity of loadings (actions) and load combinations in the it is intended that computer analysis through the FEA package will determine the load effects of the structure. The manual will be used to facilitate the generation of load cases and load combinations for the structure through hand analysis methods. These will then be used to aid in the verification of the computer outputs. 2.2.2 IStructE - Manual for the design of concrete building structures to Eurocode 2 The intention of this manual is to provide guidance on the design of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete building structures that do not rely on bending in the columns for their resistance to horizontal forces and are also non-sway. Therefore it is immediately notable that there is only so much that guidance this manual will offer. As the nature of the project structure is tall and will require considerable design into resisting horizontal loads, this manual will only be used for the design of slab members for gravity loading, and preliminary calculation into the behaviour of column and core members under gravity loads. The guide is not intended to be a substitute for the greater range of EC2s parts. It is laid out for hand calculation of structural behaviour, but the procedures are equally applicable to computer application of structural design methods. Among many assumptions the scope of the manual covers, the key ones are that: The Manual has been drafted to comply with BS EN 1992-1-11 (EC2 Part 1-1) and BS EN 1992-1-22 (EC2 Part 1-2) together with the UK National Annexes. The assumed design working life of the structure is 50 years The concrete used is of Normal weight, and up to characteristic cylinder strength (f ck, 50N/mm2) 2.2.3


IStructE - Manual for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8 The intention of this Manual is to provide seismic design application rules for the majority of low to medium rise steel and concrete buildings falling within the scope of EC8 part1-1, for all levels of seismicity. However, it is stated that the manual may still be useful for some aspects of the preliminary design of a wider range of buildings, for example high rise buildings or buildings required for a postearthquake emergency. However is states that for detailed design, engineers will need to refer to EC8. In reality the integrity of a building under seismic loading depends not only on the performance of the superstructure itself, but also very strongly on the behaviour of its foundations and supporting soils. Hence, suitably qualified and experienced geotechnical engineers would be working together with the structural engineer(s) to ensure successful project delivery. As this project only involves itself with the design of the superstructure irrelevant of the geotechnical and foundation design aspects, certain assumptions and modifications have been made to allow for the exclusion of these parts of the project process. All assumptions and modification are detailed in the corresponding design stages.



Scheme Design
General Arrangement

The Structure is to be a reinforced concrete frame adopting a flat slab layout. The flat slabs will be connected to columns with plain soffits to remove the presence of intrusive ceiling details for the residential portions of the structure, as well as provide ease in construction due to there being no requirement for complicated shuttering or casting techniques. The flat slabs will be of 200mm depth for each floor, except for the 250mm roof terrace floor. The typical first floor arrangement is as shown in figure 17. The central stair/lift core acts as the access route for all floors from Ground to Roof. The Layout of each floor is of hexagonal form, with the smaller edges of the hexagon being where the balcony areas of each apartment will be. The longer edges of each hexagonal floor are 22.5m lengths, with edge columns spaced at 4.5m bay width. The smaller balcony edges are 6.25m in span, and are supported by beams between the outermost edge columns. Furthermore, the interior spans are supported by three internal columns arranged in the formation of a regular triangle centred at the center-point of the grid, with edge lengths of 15.75m. The largest spanning areas of the flat slab between columns to shear wall are approximately 6m in span. The internal columns from ground to 1st floor underside are circular sections, whilst the columns for all residential floors (1-24th) have been sized as blade columns to fit within internal / external walls detailing so as to provide non-intrusive architectural detailing due to the residential use. However, simplifications have been made to the original architectural layout (see figure 18).

Lift/Stair Core Internal blade columns Edge column

200mm Deep RC flat slab

Supporting beam at balcony edge.

Figure 17 - 1st floor general arrangement


Edge column Internal Circular Column Simplified central core

200mm Deep RC flat slab

Supporting beam at balcony edge.

Figure 18 - Simplified general arrangement of an individual floor.

Due to project time constraints and the highly detailed form of elements such as the shear wall, the structural form has been simplified for the project purposes. Therefore the simplified scheme in figure 18 has been adopted for a representation of the uniformly expected global behaviour of the project. Detailed design to the original structural form requires lengthy consideration and would be worked on by a team of numerous engineers with balanced time constraints and in-depth project management. The simplified scheme adopts the same geometric form, but the only changes are the simplified profile of the core and that the blade columns from 1-24th have been equated into circular sections of similar cross-sectional area. The simplified core is of a similar cross-sectional area to that of the original complex form. However, the intention of the simplified and regular form is to provide symmetry and regularity in plan. This regular floor form will simplify the analysis, particularly for horizontal loading in which it should exhibit uniform behaviour in-plane to any three of the axis of symmetry it provides. Furthermore, the simplified design does not account for the proposed basement floor. Instead the building is to be designed without basement floor, and the ground floor is instead connected at base of columns to foundations. As stated previously, the foundations not be included in the analysis. Rather, it will be assumed that its bending and membrane stiffness is infinite and that any settlement can be ignored. Sizes of structural members are detailed in the member sizing section of this document.


Occupancy loads

From EC1 Part 1-1: General actions Densities, self-weight, imposed loads for buildings, for the proposed different uses of the building, the following occupancy loads in table 1 have been determined from the categories in table 6.1 Categories of use in section 6.3 Characteristic values of Imposed Loads. It must be noted that the simplified profile of the building, means that the occupancy loads for the retail area will in fact be imposed upon the ground floor. As the ground floor is not part of the superstructure, but rather that of the foundation/ground floor slab system, the retail section is therefore not accounted for in this in analysis. The retail loads will be taken as part of the slab gravity loads. Table 1 Lists the live occupancy loads for each floor type., whilst figure 19 details the simplified elevation.


Table 1 - Imposed Occupancy Loads

Floors Retail Residential Roof Terrace

Storey(s) Ground 1st 24th Roof

Category of Use D1: Areas in general retail shops A: Areas for domestic and residential activities C3: Areas without obstacles for moving people, e.g. areas in museums, exhibition rooms, etc. and access areas in public and administration buildings, hotels, hospitals, railway station forecourts.
Roof Terrace (82.64 90.64) Steel frame and storey height excluded from simplified model Residential Floors 1-24 (8.11-82.64m) hstorey = 3.11m Ground floor mezzanine hstorey = 8m

Occupancy load (kN/m2) 4.0 1.5 4.0

Figure 19 - Simplified elevation


Dead loads

3.3.1 Slab dead load Eurocode 2 specifies the bulk density of concrete is to be taken as 25kN/m3. This will be the predominant contributor to the weight of the structure. However, other structural elements and finishes must be considered in the load combinations used in design. Unit floor dead loads will be taken as shown in table for a typical internal RC slab section as shown in figure 20.
50mm Screed floor

200mm thick RC flat Slab Ceiling finishes Figure 20 - Internal RC slab components

Weight x Thickness Dead Load (kN/m2) 22 kN/m3 x 0.05m 1.1 25 kN/m3 x 0.2m 5 0.15 1.0 Total Dead Load 7.25 This dead load value of 7.25kN/m2 load will be included in the ULS gravity design loads for all slabs. As there are no finishes on the core wall or columns to be considered, the automatically computed values for the concrete weight of 25kN/m3 will be taken from the FEA package. Further load cases and combinations are detailed in the preliminary design stage of this report. Floor Component 40mm Screed 200mm thick RC Slab Mechanical Services and Ceiling Finishes Internal Partitions


3.3.2 Cladding perimeter load The external wall construction will typically consist of an aluminium rain screen cladding system with brittle glass panel windows. In reality, the system will be designed to transmit the horizontal wind pressures acting on the cladding panels to the RC frame. A 6kN/m perimeter load has been taken to account for the cladding loads on the perimeter of the RC slabs. The deflections of the structure will need to be to a minimum so that no crushing or stressing of the cladding members occurs under deformation of the frame.


Load combinations

From EC0, the following load combinations for favourable and unfavourable action will be used in the analysis. Where dead loads will be deemed as permanent action Gk, and live loads (occupancy, wind and seismic) will be deemed as variable actions Qk. As the concern of the project is to determine the overall performance of the structure to lateral loading, the predominant combination of actions will be for the serviceability limit state performance of the structure. Serviceability limit state concerns the functioning of the structural members under use and the comfort of people using the structure. The strength considerations of the structure will be a larger concern in the detailed design stage for ultimate limit strength (ULS) considerations. The verification of serviceability limit states should be based on: 1. 2. 3. deformations that: affect the comfort of users affect the functioning of the structure (including the functioning of machines or services), or cause damage to finishes or non-structural members. vibrations that: cause discomfort to people limit the functional effectiveness of the structure, or cause damage to finishes or non-structural members. damage that is likely to adversely affect: the appearance the durability, or the functioning of the structure.

The following load combinations for lateral behaviour under favourable and unfavourable lateral load will be used in the analysis to determine the deformation of the structure under ULS limit state loading (1.35Gk + 1.5Qk). Favourable: 1.35Gk + 1.5Qk, occupancy + 1.0Qk, wind/seismic Unfavourable: 1.35Gk + 1.5Qk, occupancy + 1.0Qk, wind/seismic


Structural durability and member sizing

3.5.1 Durability From client specification, exposure conditions are taken as XC1 (dry or permanently wet). Therefore minimum cover for reinforcement of the concrete is required as 25mm (Cobb, 2009). Minimum required concrete type for XC1 conditions is C20/25 (fyk,cyl =20N/mm2), however the design will adopt C50/60 (fyk,cyl =50N/mm2) concrete. C50/60 concrete was chosen for its higher compressive yield strength than the required minimum, as due to the tall nature of the building the self-weight of the structure will be a significant component of the compressive axial forces taken in the core and column


members. Furthermore, it is imperative that axial load capacities of the core/columns under gravity loading are such as not to reduce moment capacity of the members when horizontal loading is also induced. Due to close proximity of A4 to the exit of Canada Water station, the bottom retail area of the structure provides 2 hour fire resistance (R120) to enable adequate time and structural strength for evacuation. For continuity, this level of fire resistance will initially be provided for the entire structure. To provide the required R120 fire resistance, from table 4.1-5 in EC2 minimum dimensions for axis distance a and minimum depth d for R120 fire resistance are stated as; amin = 35mm and dmin = 300mm for columns fully exposed to fire (internal columns) amin = 25mm and dmin = 175mm for columns partly exposed to fire (edge columns) amin = 35mm and dmin = 200mm for continuous flat slabs amin = 35mm and dmin = 160mm for shear walls amin = 30mm and wmin = 200mm for edge beams Subsequent dimensions are accounted for in the analysis, design and detailing of structural members. Furthermore, it is required that the design life of the structure be 50 years. Factors affecting the design life of a concrete structure are the upper limit for the water/cement ratio, the lower limit to the cement content, the nominal cover to reinforcement and adequate compaction, curing & detailing of the concrete. For an XC1 Design life of 50 years, all cement types are applicable in construction; however the strength class for concrete must be a minimum of C20/25. A maximum w/c ratio = 0.70 must also be provided, whilst minimum cement content must be 240kg/m3. Furthermore, the nominal cover to reinforcement cnom must equal 15mm + c, (typically c = 10mm from Eurocode 2 and BS8500: Part 1). Henceforth, all members within in the detailed design process should comply with theses requirement to provide a 50 year design life and should provide R120 fire resistance for XC1 exposure. 3.5.2 Member sizing Preliminary member sizing is an essential stage of the scheme design process, particularly if the structural engineer is working with the Architect in the early stages of developing the clients desired structural form. Member sizing exercises provide invaluable information, as they are the starting point of the FEA models members, and imperative for the later stages of design, as the architect can be made aware of the typical member sizes to expect when determining the optimal layout for occupancy usage. Member sizes were determined with usage of span/depth ratios provided from IStructE Manual for the design of concrete building structures to Eurocode 2. To determine member sizes, the layout of the building, and constituents of structural components must be determined. Sizing is as follows: Slabs sizing Using figure 21 for Table 5.8 Span/effective depth ratios for slabs from Span/Depth ratio for the slab, assuming reinforcement distribution of Asteel/bd < 0.35% for the entire composition of the slab gives a span-depth ratio of 36 (IStructE 2010).

Figure 21 - Span/depth ratio for solid flat slabs


Longest span of slab is to interior column from edge column, where L=6.62m, acceptable depth, d = 6.62/36 = 0.18m Therefore, flat slabs of 200mm will be adopted for all residential floors with live loading of 1.5kN/m2. However, as the roof will take a larger imposed load of 4.0 kN/m2 plus the dead weight of a proposed steel frame shelter, tall parapet walls and planters, a larger thickness of 250mm thick will be adopted for the roof RC flat slab. Columns: Columns for two different heights must be considered. This is as all residential floors will have a clear column height of 3.11m, whilst the larger column height of 8.11m will require an increased depth to ensure that buckling does not occur due to the greater height. Shorter height columns: Columns should typically be no less than 200mm in breadth, according to IStructE guidance. In compliance with section 4.84 for sizes of reinforcement and columns in IStructE Manual for the design of concrete structures to Eurocode 2, best general practice is stated as providing stocky columns (IStructE, 2006). Stocky columns will avoid the necessity of designing for the effects of slenderness. The value for of effective height to least lateral breadth (lo) ratio does not exceed 15. As a preliminary measure effective height can be taken as heff = 0.85h. Given that individual column height is 3.11m, this provides an effective height of 2.635m. Dividing by the ratio, therefore lo = 0.176m. The use of braced stocky columns will hopefully minimise the requirement at the detailed design stage to secondary buckling effects likelihood of buckling failure as well the P effect. Longer height Columns Following the same procedure above, but for h = 8.11m, heff = 6.885. Therefore lo = 0.459m. However, due to the large height of the overall structure, the columns will be sized to those larger than the required lo for each different floor height. This is as the self-weight of the concrete will play a significant part of axial loads induced in the structure and therefore will require an adequately large cross sectional area to resist the high anticipated axial loads. Furthermore, columns will need to be able to resist the applied lateral loads and so a large enough cross section will be crucial in bending about minor or major axes. Should these sizes prove inadequate during analysis then design iterations will outline new column sizes. The adopted column sizes are as shown in table 2. Column Name C1 C2 C3 C4 Dimensions 750mm - Circular 650x500mm -Rectangular 500mm - Circular 650x250mm - Rectangular Column Type Internal Edge Internal Edge Floors Ground Floor Mezzanine Ground Floor Mezzanine Residential 1st-24th Residential 1st-24th

Core Shear Walls: The preliminary determination of the wall sizing will be based on span-depth ratios from typical values from engineering experience rather than the more detailed methods required in EC2. This is as the project will not consider extensively detailed design of the shear walls, but rather the contribution that the core wall will give on the stability of the whole structure. Taking a height to thickness ratio of 30 for continuous walls (Cobb, 2009), the following minimum depths for preliminary sizing are determined. For storey h = 3.11m, t = 0.11m. For storey h = 8m, t = 0.27m. Therefore, the overall adopted shear wall thickness will be 350mm, to ensure a larger size than the preliminary minimum.



Wind load

Eurocode 1 part 1-4 has been used in conjunction with the IStructE - Manual for the design of building structures to Eurocode 1 and Basis of Structural Design to determine the wind load effects on the structure. It is worth noting that due to the complex structural form that is traditionally outside of the detail of EC1s scope, EC1 part 1-4 allows properly conducted and validated wind tunnel testing of a model to provide a more accurate representation of the wind loads acting on the structure. However, due to lack of resources and to integrate usage of code in to the project, a more conservative approach has been utilised using EC1. The wind is assumed to comprise a fluctuating wind speed component that is superimposed on the mean wind speed. This is used to determine peak velocity pressure qp(z) by considering the effects of the two. Peak velocity pressure is the main parameter through which the wind forces will be determined; however the nature of wind loading on a structure is affected by many factors, including national wind climate, local terrain roughness, orogprahy, site altitude and directional seasonal effects. (EC1 Clause 4.1) First, the basic wind velocity vb is determined, which is a function of the wind direction and time of year at 10m above ground for terrain category II (Country terrain), and is given by the UK national Annex as vb = cdir . cseason . cprob . vb,0 , where cdir is the directional factor given, cseason is the season factor, cprob is the probability factor for the general case of an annual probability of exceedance of 0.02 (50 year mean return period), and vb,0 is the fundamental value for basic wind velocity given by vb,0 = vb,map. calt. (Clause 4.2) Altitude factor calt is determined by considering the sites altitude from sea level, as calt = 1 + 0.001A for sites with structural height above ground, z < 10m. However this formula can also be used for structures with z > 10m as a conservative measure. The altitude of the site from sea level A = 7m, therefore calt = 1.007. From EC1 NA part 1-4, vb,map = 22m/s for London. Therefore, vb,0 = 22.15m/s. Due to the structures highly regular form, the calculation will only consider the worst-case direction wind loading out of all the values of cdir as shown in figure 22. It is evident that the worst case wind load will come from the direction of 240, assuming the orientation of the structure to North is as shown in figure 22. This adopted orientation is approximately representative to proposed site conditions. However, a more accurate approach would need to consider the true orientation of the structure and interpolate for values of Cdir. 0.82 330 0.91 300 0.78 N 0.73 30 60 0.73

0.99 270

90 0.73


240 210 0.93 150



180 0.85


Figure 22 - Values for Cdir from UK NA to EC1 part 1-4


Coincidentally, the orientation of the structure as assumed in figure 22 means that the worst case wind from 240 is applied perpendicular to the largest face of the structure and therefore will exert the largest wind pressure on that available face. Cdir =1.00 for worst case direction. Cseason = 1.00 for the worst weather winter period of October-March. Lower values of Cseason need only be considered for temporary structures during construction. Therefore; vb = 1 x 1 x 1x1(22.16m/s) = 22.15m/s (Clause 4.3) Having determined the basic wind speed, the effects of the local terrain on the wind load and the variation with height must be considered. The site is in central London, surrounded by buildings and developments. Under EC1 table 4.1 can be classified as in terrain category IV; an area in which at least 15% of the surface is covered with buildings and their average height exceeds 15m. The terrain category is used to determine the terrain roughness characteristics which exert frictional effects on the wind flow.

Figure 23 - Aerial view of site location and surrounding terrain (location of A4 in red triangle)

Furthermore, In Town terrain, closely spaced surrounding buildings may provide shelter which can cause the wind to behave as if the ground level was raised to a displacement height (h dis) as shown in figure 23. This lifts the profile of the peak velocity pressure. The displacement height should be subtracted from the actual height (z) of the structure to give a reduced effective height (z hdis). This consideration is useful for determining a more accurate representation of the wind loads, however the determination of the average height of the surrounding buildings needs to be found for all directions considered, and in lieu of this topographical information a value of have can be determined through assuming a storey height of 3m for surrounding buildings, whilst hdis = 0 for country terrain. However, due to lack of detailed terrain information, the calculation for wind load effects will be conservative and not factor hdis. Furthermore, orography is deemed insignificant for the site due to no significant changes in topography (i.e. large hills, excavated areas, quarries etc).

Figure 24 - obstruction height and upwind spacing (IStructE guide to EC1 pp.108)


EC1 offers a simplified procedure for determining the peak velocity pressure for buildings where orography is not significant. For sites of insignificant orography in Town terrain, peak velocity pressure at a given altitude is given as . Where qb is the basic velocity pressure ( , ce(z) is the exposure factor of the building, and cet is the exposure correction factor for sites in town terrain. The exposure factor ce(z) considers the distance of the site from sea and the effective height for which the ce(z) is to be determined. (Clause 4.5) To determine these effects, first the basic velocity pressure must be determined;

where is the density, which in the UK is taken as 1.226kg/m3, and vb is the determined basic wind velocity. As vb = cdir . cseason . cprob . vb,0, for 240 vb is;

Once qb is determined, then peak velocity pressure at height can be determined by finding ce(z) and ce,T from EC1. However, before this is done the effective heights for which the wind loads will be calculated need to be determined. EC1 recommends the applied distribution in figure 25 for buildings where height h is greater than two times of the windward breadth b. This considers the structure as multiple parts, comprising: a lower part extending upwards from the ground by a height equal to b; an upper part extending downwards from the top by a height equal to b and a middle region, whilst between the upper and lower parts, the structure may be divided into horizontal strips with a height hstrip.

Figure 25 - Eurocode equivalent to wind loading for buildings up to 200m (IStructE, 2010)

For A4, h 86m (accounting for excluded parapet roof area) and b 25m, therefore the velocity profile in figure 25 is used for the wind load forces. In the case of A4 hstrip is equated to 3.11m , the height of one individual residential storey, whilst the top and bottom strips have been taken as the closest storey slab level to the width of b. The values of qp for the mid-section strips will be linearly interpolated between the maximum values at the top and minimum value at the bottom. The effective heights for each strip, along with corresponding values of ce(z), are as shown in table 2.


Table 2 - Peak wind pressure values for different effective heights Storey number 1-6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18-25 + Roof z (m) 23.55 26.66 29.77 32.88 35.99 39.10 42.21 45.32 48.43 51.54 54.65 57.76 85.75 ce(z) 2.85 2.93 3.00 3.08 3.15 3.23 3.30 3.38 3.45 3.53 3.60 3.68 3.75 qp(z) (N/m2) 857.91 880.49 903.06 925.64 948.22 970.79 993.37 1015.95 1038.52 1061.10 1083.68 1106.25 1128.83

Lower strip

Top strip

(Clause 5.3) To determine external and internal surface pressures, EC1 provides pressure coefficients for the different areas of that must be considered to determine the exerted forces. Where , . To account for the external positive pressures and suction pressures, EC1 converts the external pressure to the external surface pressure using the pressure coefficients in figure 26.

Figure 26 - Key to external pressure coefficients for a rectangular plan building (IStructE, 2010)


However EC1 provides detailed guidance for structures of simplified shape (i.e. rectangular plan buildings) and therefore these external pressure coefficients have been conservatively adapted to the form of A4, as shown in figure 27. Note; the same side lengths for the region for A and B (where d = 25m = A+B), were applied where LA = e/5 = 5m and LB = d-e/5 = 20m. The values highlighted in red are those taken for A4. Values for cpe, depends on the size of the loaded area. cpe,1 values are given for loaded external areas of 1m2 and cpe,10 values for loaded areas of > 10m2. EC1 Part 1-4 gives a recommended procedures for determining the cpe value for loaded areas between 1m2 and 10m2. However under the UK NA, this recommended procedure should not be used in the UK. In the UK the cpe,1 values should be used for all areas > 1m2 and the cpe,10 values should be used for all areas >1m2. The cpe,1 values should be used for small cladding elements and fixings and the c pe,10 values for larger cladding elements and for overall structural loads (such as in the case of A4). A B

Figure 27 - adapted external pressure coefficient key

Internal pressures coefficient cpi may be taken as the more onerous of +0.2 or -0.3 where the permeability of the external surfaces and number of openings cannot be fully determined. The reference height zi for the internal pressures should be taken as the effective height ze used for the external pressures on the faces which contribute through their openings to the internal pressure. However, if there are several openings EC1 recommends that the largest value of ze should be used to determine a conservative value of zi and this is the approach that will be taken for determining cpi. Furthermore, the values of net surface pressure for D and E can however be determined using Net pressure coefficients of 1.3 to be applied to the corresponding values for we to determine the net pressure on those faces. Therefore, we only need to apply the value of wpi for faces A and B, which due to the values Wpe of A and B being negative pressure; the most onerous case will be the addition of a negative internal pressure. Hence, taking

Table 3 shows the values for external pressures for all faces using the corresponding values of cpe in figure 26.


Table 3 - External wind pressures on structure

Wpe (N/m2) Storey number 1-6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18-25 + Roof z (m) 23.55 26.66 29.77 32.88 35.99 39.10 42.21 45.32 48.43 51.54 54.65 57.76 85.75 qp(z) (N/m2) 857.91 880.49 903.06 925.64 948.22 970.79 993.37 1015.95 1038.52 1061.10 1083.68 1106.25 1128.83 D 686.30 704.36 722.43 740.49 758.55 776.62 794.68 812.75 830.81 848.87 866.94 885.00 903.06 E -600.54 -616.33 -632.12 -647.91 -663.70 -679.49 -695.28 -711.07 -726.86 -742.65 -758.44 -774.23 -790.02 A -1029.50 -1056.50 -1083.50 -1110.51 -1137.51 -1164.51 -1191.51 -1218.51 -1245.51 -1272.52 -1299.52 -1326.52 -1353.52 B -686.33 -704.39 -722.45 -740.51 -758.57 -776.63 -794.69 -812.76 -830.82 -848.88 -866.94 -885.00 -903.06

Summing internal and external pressures for faces A and B and multiplying the external pressures for D and E by the net pressure coefficient of 1.3, Table 4 gives the net pressures for worst-case wind load from 240 along the entire building height that will be applied to the corresponding faces.
Table 4 Net wind pressures on structure

Storey number z (m) 1-6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18-25 & Roof 23.55 26.66 29.77 32.88 35.99 39.10 42.21 45.32 48.43 51.54 54.65 57.76 85.75 qp(z) (N/m2) 857.91 880.49 903.06 925.64 948.22 970.79 993.37 1015.95 1038.52 1061.10 1083.68 1106.25 1128.83 D 0.89 0.91 0.94 0.96 0.98 1.01 1.03 1.05 1.08 1.10 1.12 1.15 1.17

Net pressures (kN/m2) E -0.78 -0.81 -0.83 -0.85 -0.87 -0.89 -0.91 -0.93 -0.96 -0.98 -1.00 -1.02 -1.03 A -1.20 -1.23 -1.26 -1.29 -1.32 -1.35 -1.38 -1.41 -1.44 -1.47 -1.50 -1.53 -1.56 B -0.89 -0.91 -0.93 -0.94 -0.96 -0.98 -1.00 -1.02 -1.04 -1.06 -1.07 -1.09 -1.11

The net surface pressures will then be resolved into simple static point forces applied on the slab column connections on the corresponding outer faces of the FEA model. This is to ensure the rigiddiaphragm assumption made in modelling in on SAP2000. The suction pressure on the roof has not been accounted for in the analysis due to the simple flat nature of the roof. Therefore only snow load will be included as part of the gravity loading for the roof, where a minimum value of 0.6kN/m2 has been taken.



Serviceability and comfortability criteria for wind loading

Comfortability criteria As previously mentioned, tall flexible buildings subject to wind load require an assessment of oscillatory movements due to fluctuating winds. This is so as to inform the structural engineer of the human responses which can be induced by acceleration of the structure. These can range from mild discomfort to acute nausea or motion sickness. The principal factor governing the degree of human comfort is the acceleration of the building. Although no regionally applicable code specific guidance or regulations stating acceptable limits are available, the following empirically derived effects of human perception will be used as preliminary factors for assessment.

Figure 28 - human perception levels to wind induced acceleration (Hira, 2003)

An accurate method to determine exceedance of certain levels of comfort is through wind-tunnel testing of the model; however a preliminary investigation into exceedance of comfort criteria will be made through manual calculations later on. Serviceability limits The maximum applicable lateral deformation based performance objectives regarding the design of high-rise buildings using Eurocodes for the characteristic combination (expression 6.14b in EC0) are as summarised as: Overall top deflection, top < H/500 Interstorey drift, h/100



Primary design and analysis

FEA Model

Upon completion of the scheme design stage, there is sufficient understanding of the structural mechanisms to begin creation of a finite element analysis model (FEA) for detailed analysis. Finite element analysis offers a powerful tool for the structural designer as it allows the analysis and design of complex structural forms within a short time span (relative in comparison to manual calculation). It has proved an invaluable tool in the engineering professions, and is largely responsible to the vast speed and confidence with which modern complex structures are now designed and constructed. FEA (also finite element method, FEM) is in essence, a numerical analysis method for obtaining approximate solutions of boundary value problems in engineering structures. The variables of these problems are ranged and may differ with consideration of the problem at hand, but may include physical displacement, temperatures, velocities and accelerations of structural components in investigation or other dependent variables relative to the type of system being analyzed. These are all problems whose solutions are bounded within the FEA model, by analysis of a computer model of a simulated material or structure which is stressed and analyzed for specific results. In case of structural mechanisms or failures, FEA may be used to help determine the design modifications required to be made to the simulated system in order to meet the required design performance of the design codes or engineers needs. Engineering analysis of structural and mechanical systems has been addressed through derivation of numerous differential equations, relating the variables of the problems through simple physical principles such as equilibrium, Newtons laws of motion, conservation of energy, the laws of thermodynamics etc... However, upon formulation of these models, the resulting mathematical models can often prove impossible to solve through sheer manual calculation. Only solution of simple models of 2D statically determinate structures of regular shape and solid form prove tractable (Lin, 2005). The computational procedures within structural FEA involve finding approximate solutions for these partial differential equations and integral equations. The basic concept of FEM concerns the process of converting continuous models and equations into discrete counterparts (discretization). This entails subdividing the mathematical model into nonoverlapping components of simple geometry called finite elements. Each element is then expressed in terms of a finite number of degrees of freedom, characterized as the value of unknown function(s) at a set of nodal points. It is from this that the response of the model is approximated numerically. The majority of commercial computer FEA analysis packages are based on the stiffness method, with it forming the core code. The stiffness method is particularly suited for computer-automated analysis of complex, statically indeterminate structures. The application of the method entails modelling the structural system as idealised elements connected at nodes. The material stiffness properties of the element are then compiled into a single matrix equation which governs the behaviour of the entire idealized structure. Through this, the unknown variables of the problem, such as displacement and forces can then be determined through solving these equations. FEA programs traditionally come with element libraries, and can often be developed over repeated usage of the package. Typical elements types are (but not limited to: Cable/Tendon elements Solid Elements Frame/Beam elements Spring Elements Shell/Area elements Mass Elements These elements are connected at the nodes of the model, and restraints and/or constraints are applied in order to simulate the structural conditions intended to be achieved.


In area/shell elements, the nodes form a grid called a mesh. This mesh is programmed to contain the material and structural properties which define how the structure will react to certain loading conditions. Nodes are assigned at a certain density throughout the material depending on the anticipated stress levels of a particular area. It is typical to apply a fine mesh to areas of anticipated high stress and complex distribution, whilst areas of lower and less complex stress will receive coarser meshing. The mesh acts like a spider web in that from each node, there extends a mesh element to each of the adjacent nodes. This web of vectors is what carries the material properties to the object, creating numerous elements within that section. These elements must have section properties relating to geometry and composition assigned to them, and fundamentally a material type assigned. FEA packages will typically offer the capability to use multiple materials within the structure and even determination of composite actions. These will allow isotropic and orthotropic material definitions, and input options for all forms of Material characteristics ranging from Modulus of Elasticity, Shear Modulus, yield stresses and densities to behaviour under different temperature ranges. Furthermore, the structure must be loaded in the program to simulate and determine its behaviour in use. FEA packages will offer multiple loading conditions, ranging from Static and Dynamic point, pressures and gravity loads, to thermal loads, enforced displacements heat flux and convection etc... There are generally two types of analysis employed in industry: 2-D modelling, and 3-D modelling. While 2-D modelling conserves simplicity and allows the analysis to be with relatively minor computational requirements, however it tends to yield less accurate results. 3-D modelling, however, produces more accurate results but with far more complex computational requirements. Within each of these modelling schemes, the user can insert numerous algorithms (functions) which may make the system behave linearly or non-linearly. Linear systems are far less complex and generally do not take into account plastic deformation, whilst non-linear systems do account for plastic deformation, and many also are capable of testing a material all the way to fracture (Widas, 1997). The Structural analysis and Design process within an FEA package can be generalised within the following steps: 1. Create or modify a model that numerically defines the geometry, properties, loading, and analysis parameters for the structure 2. Perform an analysis of the model 3. Review the results of the analysis 4. Check and optimize the design of the structure This is usually an iterative process that may involve several cycles of the above sequence of steps. The technical aspects, mathematics and concepts of FEA are regions so complex and broad that in their selves could fill libraries with the accumulated knowledge and research developed over the years in the fields existence. Thus, it is outlined that the intention of this project is not in detailing the limitations and complex mathematics of FEA, but rather the utilisation of it as a tool in structural design common in engineering practices throughout the world. It is however imperative that the engineer is highly familiar with the assumptions of their utilised FEA package and aware of its limitations. The economic advantages of FEA in the structural design project outweighs that of traditionally time intensive manual analysis, but must be approached with a fundamental understanding of structural behaviour and complemented with manual approximation and checking. 4.1.1 Construction and Assumptions The FEA model is only as valid as the assumptions made during its construction. Otherwise, given the incorrect structural assumptions applied within the construction of the model, the model will not exhibit the behaviour expected of the real-life structure. The utilised FEA package for this project is SAP2000. The model was constructed befitting to the structural scheme determined in the scheme design stage. Element types corresponding to the frame members with the material properties outlined from scheme design are as shown in the table 6.


Table 5 - Structural members and corresponding element types

Member type Column Column Column Column Beam Flat Slab Flat Slab Shear Wall

Member name C1 C2 C3 C4 Edge beam RC flat slab RC roof slab Shear Core

Dimensions C1 - 750mm - Circular 650x500mm -Rectangular 500mm - Circular 650x250mm - Rectangular 600x300mm deep - Rectangular 200mm deep 250mm deep 350mm thick

FEA element type Frame Frame Frame Frame Frame Area (shell with 4x4 mesh) Area (shell with 4x4 mesh) Area (shell with 4x4 mesh)

The structure has been modelled with frame elements as column members, with flat slabs modelled as shell area elements sitting atop the columns. The typical floor plan shows that 20 individual area elements of the same RC flat slab properties for each floor make up one individual floor slab. To ensure that each individual area behaves as a whole floor diaphragm, the connections between each slab edge is rigidly fixed to the adjoining slab edge. All connections between frame elements and area elements (slab and shell) are rigidly fixed, so as to mimic the continuous nature of the RC structure, and the vertical cantilever mechanism of the high-rise building. The base connections to the foundation are pinned, and allow no rotation or translational behaviour of the columns at base connection. Figure 29 outlines the model components and the Global coordinate system adopted in the model.
Column and beam frame elements

Core area elements

Slab area elements

Pinned base connections

Figure 29 - Typical floor plan and elevation of A4 model in SAP2000


To ensure the continuity between columns on all floors, the columns and beams members have been offset at insertion points to nodes to distances so that external faces of the columns are flush with the slab edges and that all columns sit directly atop of each other.

Figure 30 - extruded view of FEA model with offsets and insertion points of structural elements

In order for the lateral load analysis to exhibit the behaviour of the structural mechanisms outlined in the earlier chapters, the structure will be modelled with diaphragm constraints to model the assumed rigid diaphragm at each storey. The diaphragm constraint will enable all constrained joints to move together as a planar diaphragm that is rigid against membrane deformation. This assumption allows the horizontal plane displacements of all vertical elements to be definable in terms of the horizontal plane rigid body rotation and translations of the RC slabs. Hence, the number of unknown displacements to be determined in the analysis is greatly reduced. When applied to the shell elements used for the RC slabs, this will constraint will not permit the rotation of the slab members. The rigid diaphragm assumption should prove adequate for modelling the high in-plane stiffness exhibited by concrete floors. Figure 31 demonstrates the constraining mechanism used in SAP2000 to create the diaphragm constraint.

Figure 31 - Use of the diaphragm constraint to model a rigid floor slab


The use of the Diaphragm Constraint for building structures is very useful in the lateral dynamic analysis of buildings, as it results in a significant reduction in the size of the eigenvalue problem to be solved in Modal analysis (CSI, 2009). 4.1.2 Loadings Gravity loadings (dead and live) have been applied as area loads (kN/m2) onto the corresponding slab elements. The perimeter dead load for the cladding however, has been applied as a line load (kN/m) on frame elements of no defined section property, interconnected at the edge nodes joining slab edges and exterior columns. This will mimic the line load and apply it directly onto the edge of slab members which in turn will transmit these to the columns. This is as SAP2000 does not permit line loading on area elements, and so this method has been used to mimic this form of loading. Due to the regularity of the structural form (both in plan and elevation), the lateral loads will only be applied in a single direction. This is in the Y-direction of the models global coordinates, and for wind loads results in the wind load being applied on the largest area of frontal projection. Wind loads will be applied as static point loads on the column-slab nodal joints. The dynamic loads for earthquakes will be applied via SAP2000 as a result of a simulated ground motion, and the forces are therefore determined automatically in SAP2000.

Figure 32 - Static wind point loads applied on positive wind pressure face

4.1.3 Materials The behaviour of the structural materials and components have been taken as linearly elastic. This assumption allows the superposition of actions and deflections, and thus the use of linear methods of analysis. It is due to the development of linear methods and their computationally less tasking procedures that it is possible to analyse large complex, statically indeterminate structures. From the scheme design process, it was determined that C50/C60 concrete will be used as the concrete type for the entire RC frame. Furthermore, EC2 permits only the usage of Grade 500 steel for reinforcement bars, whose characteristic strength fyk is to be taken as 500MPa.


The material properties input to SAP2000 are as shown in table 6, and comply with BS EN 206-1:2000 Concrete Part 1: Specification, performance, production and conformity, and should therefore ensure conformity of the design materials to Eurocode requirements (BSI, 2006)
Table 6 - Material properties in SAP2000 Modulus Bulk Shear of density Modulus, G Elasticity, (kN/m3) (GPa) E (GPa) 25 37 15.41



Poissons ratio,

Yield strength (N/mm2) fc,k = 50 (Cyl compressive crushing strength) fy,k = 500 (characteristic yield strength)

C50/60 Grade 500 Reinforcement bars








4.1.4 Load cases and combinations The following load Combinations corresponding to those mentioned in section 3.44 comprised of the following individual loads with the relative partial factors for permanent (Gk) and variable (Qk) action type applied where utilised in the FEA analysis. Each individual load case component of the load combinations can also be used to determine the structural behaviour under each individual component as well.
Load cases Wind load (all directions ABCDE) 1.5Qk 1.0Qk Seismic Response spectrum 0.18g 1.5Qk Seismic Response spectrum 0.04g -

Load combination name ULS gravity load & unfavourable wind ULS gravity load favourable & wind ULS gravity load & unfavourable seismic PGA 0.18g ULS gravity load & favourable seismic PGA 0.18g ULS gravity load & unfavourable seismic PGA 0.04g ULS gravity load & favourable seismic PGA 0.04g

Dead (inc selfweight of structure and Perimeter load) 1.35Gk 1.35Gk 1.35Gk

Live occupancy 1.5Qk 1.5Qk 1.5Qk












4.1.5 Simplification and limitations in modelling The major simplification made in FEA modelling of the structure is the exclusion of openings in the shear wall. As the shear walls structural use as a non-load resisting member is to house the stairwell and elevator access routes, openings to ensure exit and entry of the occupants will be required for that region. This would typically be done by including openings in the architecturally specified locations of the door ways. The lack of openings in the FEA modelling should not affect the output for the overall structural behaviour, as in detailed design, the location of openings would ensure adequate stiffening of the edges of the openings through sufficient reinforcement detailing so as to deal with the increased stress concentrations at the perforations of the shear core. It is assumed that post-performance analysis, wherever openings be included in the detailed design they will be adequately reinforced so as not to affect the uniform behaviour of the shear core in resisting lateral load.



Secondary design and analysis

Desirable characteristics for desired lateral response and dynamic analysis

For both wind and seismic response, there are certain principles in the structural form that can aid in minimising the effects of lateral loading. It may be observed that these principles are essentially qualitative in nature, and largely concern the scheme design stage of A4; however they are factors that will inherently affect the later stages of design, e.g. RC detailing of the structure, construction issues, quality of materials, workmanship and the correct establishment of seismic response data at the site. The basic principles as followed are: Structural simplicity Uniformity, symmetry and redundancy Bi-directional resistance and stiffness Torsional resistance and stiffness about the vertical axis, z Adequate performance of the floor slabs acting as diaphragms to distribute lateral loads Adequate foundations For the purpose of structural simplicity, the simplified design of A4 has provided continuity from ground floor to roof. Furthermore, the adopted structural plan is provides three axis of rotational symmetry. Hence, for analysis purposes, the application of the lateral loads (both wind and seismic) in only one direction should prove adequate. This chosen direction for seismic loading will be in the Ydirection of the models global co-ordinates, which coincides with the 240 worst case wind-load direction, and will therefore provide a good basis for accurate comparison of behaviour of the two load types. Uniformity in both elevation and plan has been provided to some extent. There are no setbacks or protruding members in elevation, and the members in plan continue from ground to roof, with no transfer mechanisms or eccentrically spaced column members. However, the larger floor height of the bottom most storey may attribute some soft-storey features. The continuation of the core from ground to roof in a uniform and thin-walled tube manner will result in significant torsional stiffness, and therefore no analytical consideration will be made into the torsional behaviour of the structure. Torsional stiffness is assumed adequate. The rigid diaphragm assumption will mimic the high-in plane stiffness of the RC slabs, and therefore this criterion will be satisfied for analysis purposes. Lateral forces are assumed to be transmitted adequately. Finally, as the project does not detail itself with the substructure, it is assumed to be adequate in that all gravity and lateral loads will be transmitted to the foundations from the superstructure, and that all ground motion will be adequately transferred to the superstructure to determine behaviour to seismic excitation. Non-regular configurations are expressly discouraged in EC8 Part 1 Clause which states: To the extent possible, structures should have simple and regular forms both in plan and elevation. It may be observed that buildings classified as non-regular are permitted by EC8, but lead to more onerous design requirements. Compliance with the conditions for regularity or moderate irregularity be considered as satisfying many of the principles for good conceptual design listed in Section 5.1 above. In particular, regular or moderately irregular buildings should generally possess a satisfactory level of: The majority of the desired characteristics have been presented in the design of A4 and therefore should provide satisfactory preliminary behaviour to seismic loading (from a qualitative aspect).



Seismic analysis
Seismicity of site

Eurocode 8 defines the entire territory of the UK as an area of very low seismicity, for which in routine practice the application of EC8 to structural design is not required. It is not a country in anyway associated with high seismic activity such as that of Japan or Western parts of America (e.g. California). Nevertheless, provisions are made in the UK national annex that certain types of structures through reason of their local geography, function or form may warrant seismic consideration in their structure. These forms of structures are defined in the EC8 UK NA supporting document PD6698:2009 Recommendations for the design of structures for earthquake resistance to BS EN 1998, where in some cases the function of a structure is such that failure due to very low probability events, including earthquakes, might need to be considered. Four example categories from the document are: Structures whose failure poses a large threat of death or injury to the population (e.g. Nuclear Power Plants, Natural Gas storage tanks, high pressure pipelines etc...) Structures which form a part of the national infrastructure of which the loss would have large economic consequences (Major transportation bridges, Dams etc..) Structures whose failure impedes the regional and national ability to deal with a disaster caused by a major damaging earthquake. Strengthening or upgrading historic buildings that form an important part of the natural heritage. Certain structures could fall into more than one of these categories. It would not be unexpected in a design situation for a structure such as A4 to be regarded as seismically insignificant in its function, location and form to warrant seismic consideration. However, the UK cannot be disregarded for occasional minor seismicity and it is known for some structures to undergo structural damage from these minor seismic events. Although seismicity induced damage has predominantly been on older structures and largely results in effects such as cracking of walls and collapse of protruding members such as chimneys, the potential for earthquakes that may exceed the predicted (and historical) events is indeed there (Musson, 2003). The EC8 seismic hazard zoning map denoting PGA for the UK is as shown in figure 33.

Figure 33 - Seismic hazard map of Peak Ground Accelerations on rock (PGA) for 475 year and 2500 year return periods (IStructE manual to EC8)


The information for PGAs in EC8 has been determined through seismicity models from historical and instrumental readings for the UK, and equated to the ground motion model as shown (Musson and Sargeant, 2007). The region of greatest seismicity is the North Wales region, and historically the largest earthquakes (corresponding to the 2500 year return period) have been of magnitudes ranging from approximately 2-5.5 ML (BGS, 2009). London exhibits a very low PGA (0.02-0.04g) however, geological predictions are stating possible exceedance of these values within London, for a possible seismic event of up to a magnitude of 5.5 ML (Musson, 2003). It is stated that although modern buildings will likely exhibit no major structural damage, the deformations induced may lead to damage of non-structural elements such as cladding, surface finishes, services etc. The possibility of minor damage to structural elements need not be ruled out however. Seismically induced lateral deflections should be limited to prevent distress in structural members and architectural components. Non loadbearing in-fills, external wall panels, and window glazing should be designed with sufficient clearance or with flexible supports to accommodate the anticipated movements. Furthermore, recent global seismic events have prompted worldwide reconsideration and review of seismicity modelling and hazard zoning, which will in turn affect the integrated models for response detailed in the relevant regions. Events such as the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake (ML 6.3) and the more recent 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan (ML ~9.0) were both events of which significantly exceeded seismic effects considered in typical structural design projects for their respective regions. With the above justifications, a consideration into the minor seismic performance of the structure within London will be carried out, contrary to usual UK practice. These will be for two PGA values of 0.04g (2500yr return) and 0.18g, taken as a theoretical maximum taken for the largest UK PGA measured in Wales. It is expected that seismic loading will not be the predominant cause of lateral deformation, and shall prove minor in comparison to wind. However consideration into the multi-hazard performance with wind may pose an issue.


Structural dynamics

Dynamic analysis of a structure is essentially a two-part process. First it is necessary to determine the basic dynamic properties and behaviour of a structure (natural frequencies and mode shapes) through


analysis in the absence of loading, with the second being the usage of this information to determine the response of the structure. It is noted that earthquakes often induce non-linear response of structures, however most practical dynamic analysis (typically in seismic design) continues to be of the linear. Although both wind and seismic forces are essentially dynamic in nature of loading, there is a key difference in the manner in which they are induced upon a structure. Wind loads, applied as external loads, are characteristically proportional to the exposed surface of a structure, while the earthquake forces are principally internal forces resulting from the distortion produced by the inertial resistance of the structure to earthquake motions. Essentially, the magnitude of earthquake forces induced within a structure is a function of the mass of the structure rather than its exposed surface. Simply put, in wind design, one would feel greater assurance about the safety of a structure composed of weighty sections, whilst in seismic design; this does typically does not produce a safer design. 5.3.1 Modal analysis outputs From SAP2000, the following Mode shapes with the modal characteristics in table 7 were determined through computer analysis. In any structure, there are horizontal, vertical and combined modes of behaviour, for instance, the model of A4 exerted vertical and twisting modes as well as horizontal modes. The vertical modes have not been considered in analysis for earthquake and wind loading, and although the twisting modes of the structure in the z is shown, it will not be considered in the analysis of seismic loading. This is as torsional stiffness is assumed adequate and so torsional effects will be excluded due to time constraints.


Mode 1

Mode 2

Mode 3

Mode 4

Mode 5

Mode 6


Mode 7

Mode 8
Table 7 - Modal information

Mode 9

Mode Number

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Direction Natural Period, Tn (Sec) Y 2.634 X 2.604 z 0.858 Y 0.528 X 0.522 z 0.289 Y 0.218 X 0.216 z 0.176

Natural Frequency, fn (Hz) 0.380 0.384 1.166 1.895 1.914 3.465 4.594 4.620 5.675

Natural Circular Freq, n (rad/s) 2.386 2.413 7.323 11.905 12.027 21.773 28.864 29.029 35.658

Eigenvalue (Rad2/s2)

MPR in direction X (%) 0.487 68.223 1.09E-05 0.151 19.352 2.25E-06 0.053 5.182 7.99E-05

MPR in direction Y (%) 68.324 0.487 2.069E-06 19.282 0.152 1.454E-06 4.724 0.053 1.531E-06

5.692 5.824 53.623 141.730 144.640 474.070 833.150 842.690 1271.500

The mass participation ratios (MPR) are an indication of how much of the mass is contributing in the X and Y directions for each particular mode. MPR values for the Z direction have been excluded. It can be seen that for the first horizontal modes for X and Y, the MPR is in favour of the direction, ~68% for respective direction of X and Y modes. The twisting modes exhibit negligible mass participation due to the turning of the mass about the centroidal axis of the structure. In essence, the mass participation factor gives a representation of how much of the structure is contributing to the eigenmode, which in turn means how much vibrational energy is dissipated through the eigenmode. It is evident that the first three modes show significant MPRs, and that is why in common seismic design, the first few


fundamental modes of the structure are considered due to the largest participation of the mass of the structure in these modes (and hence the largest inertial forces).


Structural response to ground motion

Desirable characteristics of earthquake resistant buildings

As previously mentioned, there are certain desirable characteristics of a building for lateral actions. With regards to seismicity. EC8 Part 1 Clause 4.2.3 sets out quantified criteria for assessing structural regularity, complementing the qualitative advice on symmetry and uniformity given in clause 4.2.1, and these criteria are elaborated in the code. In seismic design situations, it may be observed that concrete buildings are designed to provide ductility, in order to ensure energy dissipation (damping) by plastic deformation. As previously mentioned, the damping characteristics of the building can be provided by ductility within the structural members. Overall ductile behaviour is ensured if the ductility demand involves dissipation of seismic energy to a globally large volume of the structure. This entails the spread of seismic energy to different elements and structural members, in order to achieve plastic deformation. However, as the analysis is linearly elastic and no plastic deformation is being considered. This will not be in the assessment. EC8 sets out three ductility classes for seismic design criteria. Three classes of damping exist within EC8, Ductility class low (DCL), ductility class medium (DCM) and ductility class high (DCH). Structures which fall into the category of DCM and DCH structures are to be designed as dissipative. This however is not the case for A4, as due to the UK being an area of very seismicity; A4 only requires to be designed as DCL structure. A concrete DCL structure needs must conform to EC2 part 1-1 in design and provide ductility class B or C reinforcement in the detailing of the structure, from Table C.1 of EC part 1-1. The required reinforcement characteristics must: have a characteristic yield strength 400MPa fy,k 600MPa, a minimum bar size 8 mm or greater Make use of ribbed bars so as to enable adequate bonding between concrete and steel Including the standard detailing requirements stated by EC2 part1-1, no further consideration into seismic capacity, detailing and design provisions are required for DCL structures. Hence, the scheme design and material properties of A4 conform to DCL requirements. The final criteria that must be met is that the DCL structure meets the relevant serviceability criteria. Should DCM or DCH be required, the provisions that must be made in seismic design are inclusive of, but not limited to: Specific seismic detailing requirements of primary seismic components (main lateral load resisting members, shear wall, rigid frame etc...) Application of partial factors to material properties for ULS design. Member sizing performed to requirements of EC8, not just EC2 part 1-1 5.4.2 Damage limitation The main serviceability performance criterion for seismic loading that the building will be assessed by is the interstorey drift limit, dr for each storey of height, h. The interstorey drift is the relative displacement of the observed storey, with respect to the storey below. Figure 34 demonstrates the concept of storey drift in a lumped mass model for EC8.


For building having non-structural elements of brittle materials attached (such as A4s cladding):

Where: h, is storey height dr, is the design inter-storey drift , is the reduction factor which accounts the lower return period of the seismic action associated with the damage limitation requirement.

Figure 34 - Interstorey drift (EC8)

The limitation of interstorey drift is fundamental to damage limitation in cases of lateral seismic loading. By meeting the criteria for dr, the damage limitation criterion may generally be deemed as satisfied. Section 4.3 of EC8 part 1 denotes the equation as shown in figure 34. The reduction factor = 0.5 for buildings of class I and II importance. Therefore the inter-storey drift ratio for the two floor heights are as follows:

The above values for dr will be used to evaluate satisfactory seismic performance to EC8. 5.4.3 Response spectrum analysis to EC8

Earthquake ground motion is complex and the variation of it is erratic. However, a simplification can be made to illustrate the main characteristics of response, as in the example of assuming sinusoidally varying ground motion with circular frequency, , with a period of Tg = 2/ as . Typically there are three forms of structural response to seismic loading. 1. For a structure where the motion of the ground is much slower than the rate of the structures natural oscillations (Tg/Tn < 1), the structure will simply move with the ground. Therefore the displacement of the structure is approximately equal to that of the ground. Thus no major internal deformation occurs within the structure. 2. For a structure where the ground motion frequency and the natural frequency of the structure are similar or the same (Tg/Tn = 1), resonance occurs and this results in a large dynamic amplification of the structures motion. This is where the inertia forces and stiffness forces are approximately equal and opposite so that the main resistance to the motion is provided by the damping of the structure. As the main dissipation to the energy is provided by the damping, which is provided by the structural components and materials, resonance can have a deteriorating effect on the structural components. 3. However, if the ground motion is much faster than the natural oscillations of the structure (Tg/Tn > 1) than the mass of the structure undergoes less motion than the ground, with its stiffness and damper acting as vibration absorbers. By considering a simplified SDOF system, the effects of loading rate will be very different for varying damping levels of the structure. If we consider the acceleration of the structure at these three different stages of ground motion periods, figure 35 for the sinusoidal ground motion with period Tg, we get the following graph for the different ratios of damping.


Figure 35 - Displacement amplification factor curves for an SDOF structure subject to sinusoidal ground shaking (Williams 2009)

On the left hand side of the graph is the response regime of T g/Tn < 1, and the large resonant amplification increases around Tg/Tn = 1. When Tg/Tn is unity, then pure resonance occurs and the amplification factor increases to where the ratio X/Xg is approximately equal to 1/2. The peak displacement at resonance is very sensitive to damping, and hence amplification is infinite when = 0. This is the essential concept of the behaviour of dynamic response, but it must be noted that dynamic amplification under realistic earthquake loading is much different than as shown in figure 35. This is as Earthquakes are not sinusoidal in time-history, and tend to have finite and short durations of occurrence. There are a whole range of complex scientific methods to determine the time-history response of the structure to earthquakes; however this is graphically presented as shown in figure 36 as what is known as a time-history graph. This plots acceleration of the ground motion against time during the earthquake event, and is a representation of the earthquake ground motion variation with respect to three orthogonal directions (typically N-S, E-W and vertical). It is evident in figure 36 that the acceleration over time changes, and is thus a complex ground motion which cannot be simplified as sinusoidal.

Figure 36 - Typical time-history accelerogram

Although the evaluation of such a case is complex, the behaviour under general dynamic load can be quite easily understood by comparison with a single-frequency sinusoidal load case as discussed before. The structures natural frequency will often lie within the range of periods exhibited in the loading, and will tend to pick up and amplify the components of the ground loading that are close to its natural period, just as it would within the sinusoidal case. Thus, the response of the structure will be dominated by vibration at or close to the natural period of the structure. However, due to the lack of constant amplitude in the response and due to the fact that the duration is finite and short in nature, the amplifications achieved will therefore be smaller than that of in the sinusoidal nature.


The response of a structure to a particular earthquake can be summarised using a response spectrum analysis. This is where time-domain response of numerous SDOF systems of different natural periods is computed, and the maximum absolute displacement, acceleration or velocity of the structure is achieved through plotting it as a function of the SDOF systems period. Essentially, the response spectrum approach of analysis shows the peak response of a SDOF structure to a particular earthquake, as a function of the natural period and damping ratio of the structure. The response spectrum method offers an advantage in design, as it is useful in dealing with a future earthquakes, whose precise nature is unknown. The concept of determining response spectra for design purposes is to compute spectra for several different earthquakes (i.e. of that local region/continent), and then to envelope and smooth them, resulting in a single curve that encapsulates the dynamic characteristics of a large number of possible accelerograms.

Figure 37 - Typical response spectra with envelope (left) with EC8 Response spectrum (right)

EC8 defines a range of elastic response spectra, which can be divided into two categories, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 spectra are for areas of high seismicity (M s > 5.5), whilst Type two is for areas of moderate to low seismicity (Ms 5.5). Within each category, spectra are given five different soil types; A-Rock, B-very dense sand or gavel, or very stiff clay, C dense sand or gravel or stiff clay, D looseto-medium cohesionless soil or soft-to-firm cohesive soil and E soil profiles with a surface layer of alluvium thickness 5-20m. The vertical axis of the EC8 spectra denotes spectral acceleration, Se, which is normalised by the design peak ground acceleration ag, whilst the horizontal axis denotes the periods of the envelope (Elghazouli, 2009). Within the graph, Se (T) is the elastic response spectrum, T is the vibration period of a linear SDOF system, ag is the ground acceleration on rock, TB is the lower limit of the period of the constant acceleration branch (Tg/Tn 1), Tc is the upper limit of the period of the constant spectral acceleration branch, TD is the value defining the beginning of the constant displacement response range of the spectrum, S is the soil factor and is the damping coefficient factor determined by . As with the simple harmonic load case shown earlier on, it is evident those similar regimes of response exist. Very stiff, short period structures will move with the ground, whilst at intermediate period the dynamic amplification of the ground motion occurs, and at longer periods the structure moves less than the ground beneath it. The region of spectra TB - TC the acceleration is constant, whilst between TC - TD is the state of constant velocity, whilst beyond T D the region of constant displacement of the response occurs. For EC8, for the location of A4 and the ground conditions, the type two spectrum has been chosen for soil type D (for an assumed ground conditions of London clay, due to lack of geotechnical data).


Figure 38 - Values of horizontal response spectrum parameters recommended in EC8

In the use of response spectrum analysis, the intention is to determine the force and maximum displacement to which the structure is subjected to. This is achieved by determining the natural periods of the structure, and the damping ratio, and then running a multi-modal analysis. Then the peak spectral acceleration Se that is experienced by the structure can be determined from the response spectrum curve. However, before this can be done, certain characteristics with regards to the structural characteristics must be determined. As A4 is to be designed as a DCL structure, a behaviour factor, q is included in EC8. The behaviour factor q is a structure-dependent parameter used to reduce seismic design forces (but not design seismic deflections) below those corresponding to elastic response. It is a function of the ductility of the structure (i.e. its ability to sustain repeated deformations into the inelastic range without significant degradation of stiffness and strength) and the ratio of ultimate lateral strength to lateral strength at effective plastic yield a value q of up to 1.5 can be taken for analysis of a concrete frame that is regular in plan and elevation, and so for simplicity, this has been taken as the preliminary value. The methods of analysis permitted by EC8 are as shown in figure 39, with the method taken highlighted in red.

Figure 39 - Methods of analysis for new buildings permitted by EC8 (IStructE manual to EC8)

Once q has been determined, the application of the response spectrum analysis can be used in one of the two possible equivalent linear analysis methods. The lateral force method equates the spectral acceleration of the structure to static point forces that can be used in linear analysis (similar to the method employed in the wind load analysis), whilst the multimodal analysis, which accounts the response of all the modes of vibration contributing significantly to the total response. The latter is best performed using FEA software as it can prove time-consuming and is complex in nature, thus not suited to manual calculation. EC8 states that where the first mode of the structure T1 < 4Tc or 2.0s, then the lateral force method is applicable to analysis. As T1 2.6s for the first mode (from modal analysis), for TC = 0.3, this means that multimodal analysis is required for A4 structure.


SAP2000, has been used to perform the multi-modal analysis, where in the above parameters for q, TB, TC, TD and s have been input. This in turn will be used to automatically determine the structural loading, and thus the deformations exhibited in the structure. 5.4.4 Multimodal analysis response spectrum analysis using SAP2000

Multimodal analysis is permitted by Eurocode 8 in where the response of all the modes of vibration contributing significantly to the total response must be taken into account (T1 < 4Tc). This principle is deemed to be satisfied if either of the two conditions below is fulfilled in each principal horizontal direction: the sum of the effective modal masses for the modes considered reaches at least 90% of the total mass of the structure. all the modes whose effective modal mass is higher than 5% of the total mass are taken into account.

Both parameters were verified in SAP2000, for the numerous modal cases considered. Multimodal response spectrum analysis encompasses the principle of modal superposition, which states that any set of modal displacements can be expressed as a linear combination of the eigenvalues (modes shapes). This relationship is denoted by the equation:

The coefficients Yi denote modal displacement, the displacement of the structure/component during that mode. The modal displacements are a function of time whilst mode shapes are functions of their position. The equation for modal superposition allows us to transform the equation of motion into a set of equations in terms of modal displacements (as opposed to degrees of freedom):

However, in the case of a 3D model where it may prove difficult to satisfy this condition, the principle may be satisfied by taking into account a number of modes at least equal to k 3n, where n is the number of levels in the structure. This equates to a multimodal analysis of 15 horizontal modes for A4. The period Tk cannot be greater than 0.2 seconds. This was verified in FEA calculation, and is evident from the first three modes that we have considered as the T 3 0.216, and the period will only get shorter for the higher modes of excitation. To combine the modal responses, the total seismic action effect EE (force, displacement, and other FEA variables) may be taken as the square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS) of the action effects E Ei due to individual modes, provided all the modes can be regarded as independent. The SRSS method equates the peak overall response as the sum of the squares of the peak modal responses, as .

Defining the previously mentioned parameters in SAP2000, and computing modal responses for a ground acceleration of 0.04g and 0.018g in the global Y-direction of A4, the seismic effects were determined as modal contributions, and combined using SRSS to give estimates of total response by SAP2000. Figure 40 demonstrates the input methods for multimodal analysis in SAP2000. The outputs where then added to the gravity load combinations through means of linear elastic superposition, and the structural behaviour determined under seismic actions for A were determined.


Figure 40 - Response spectrum parameters for EC8 in SAP2000


Design Performance

Under analysis, the figure 41 demonstrates the behaviour of the structure under the different loading types, with a deflection scale factor of 100 applied to the graphical output from SAP2000. Figure 41 demonstrates the different deflected forms in the different loads applied to the structure, with the grey wire-shadow representing the original undeformed shape of the structure.

Gravity load


Gravity & wind load

Seismic 0.04g

Seismic 0.18g

Gravity & Seismic 0.18g

Figure 41 - Deformed shapes in FEA model

From a qualitative perspective, it is evident that the prevailing lateral displacement is due to wind loading, and the expected uniform gravity loading which includes structural self-weight (dead) and


occupancy (live) loads is evident. In comparison, the earthquake induced displacements for 0.04g and 0.81g PGA are very small. From the deflected shapes, it appears that similar form of bending is occurring in all three cases of lateral loading, and therefore the stress distribution induced in the structures for all three lateral loads will be similar in distribution. However, they will differ in relative magnitude to each other, with the largest stresses induced by the greatest lateral loads. A tabular output for the stresses in the shear core or specific structural joints would be too lengthy to include in a succinct report due to the. As wind is the prevailing lateral load scenario the discussion will focus on the prevailing outcomes of this form of lateral loading. Isolating the shear core we can display the maximum axial forces induced during gravity, wind, and combined loading. Figure 43 shows the deflected form of the structure in the YZ plane under deformation with the axial forces induced on the shear core in 103kN (see legend). It is evident that the entire shear core is in axial compression from the evenly distributed gravity loads, with the largest axial forces occurring at the base of the structure. This result is expected, and is due to the accumulated dead weight and live occupancy loads occurring at each floor. Thus, axial load at each storey is inversely proportional the height of the building. For the wind only case, the core predominantly exhibits the behaviour of a flexural cantilever (evident from the curved profile of deformation). The lateral load applied form the Y direction induces tension on the windward face, resulting in the positive value for axial forces on that side of the structure, (extension of that side), whilst the leeward side of the core acts under compression which exhibits the positive axial force (shortening of that side). Furthermore, the neutral axis (region of zero internal stress) appears to pass directly through the centre of the core. The basis of structural systems resisting lateral load can be defined as shown in figure 42 for the hypothetical 7 storey structure.
NA F7 F6 F5 F4 F3 F2 F1 Where h5 = distance from floor 5 to floor i Resulting flexural deformation Applied lateral load Level 4 Compression side Level 5 Tension Side

Figure 42 Concept of transferring lateral load and flexural deformation of vertical cantilever

The transfer of lateral loads acting on the building to the foundation is an action comprised of transferring the lateral shear. The lateral shear is the sum of the lateral forces imposed on the structure above the storey that is being considered. Figure 42 demonstrates that lateral shear at a storey decreases with height from ground, and that the overturning moment is the sum product of lateral forces above the storey being considered, multiplied by the distance to load from the storey being considered. It is the overturning moment which puts the leeward side fibres in compression and the windward side fibres in tension, and exhibits the flexural cantilever deformation of the structure. The overall moment of the lateral load is resisted at each storey by the couple resulting from the axial and compressive forces in the fibres and/or columns on opposing sides of the structure. In the combined loads of figure 43, the forces in the shear wall which induce deformation are exhibiting the desired performance of resistance to lateral load. The shear core, through its high in-plane stiffness and strength, is able to carry the gravity loads from the floor slabs at the interconnected storey levels, but also uses the attracted gravity load induced forces to suppress the maximum tensile bending stresses in the windward side of the lateral load. It can be seen that the Gravity only axial force of on the bottom


right hand corner of the shear core aid in reducing the high tensile stress under wind only loading, to a relatively low tensile stress. It is qualitatively evident in the core that it is behaving as a flexural cantilever. The cantilever action is due to the bending of the core wall. It is known that the relative deflection of the storey will be dependent on the flexural rigidity (EI) of the element. Conversely, the load attracted by the vertical element will depend on the flexural stiffness k(EI/L). As the vertical elements between each floor are the same for the shear core, then there is a constant value for I, and therefore the load resisted by each member will be proportional to I. Due to the constant I all the way along the shear core for A4, the relatively proportional distribution of bending forces are evident.

Gravity load

Gravity and Wind Load Unfavourable wind FigureLoadMaximum axial forces in shear core 43 55

As previously discussed, there is also a shear component to the deformations of the core, but this is due to the lateral load resisted by shear action in the cantilever action. The relative deflection of each storey in this case is primarily dependent on the axial rigidity of the structure (EA). This however becomes, the predominant mode in cases of squat wall structures, where the length of the wall is relatively large compared with the height of the wall. As this is not the case with A4s core, this deformation mode is not prevalent. Although the predominant behaviour shows that the majority of the lateral load is resisted by the shear core, there is likely a frame action contribution from the external columns and adjoining slabs. This is anticipated to be the location as shown in figure 44 for the lateral loading, where there is a change in the overturning moment. At the point of change in moment, this is the point of contraflexure where zero overturning moment is present. It can be seen for the wind only loading of the core that this anticipated point in which the axial forces flip is likely the region of change from flexural shear wall deformation to predominant shear deformation from the frame component. This appears to be occurring at the level of storeys 19-20.

Shear deformation shape of Frame component Point of contraflexure Flexural deformation shape of shear wall component

Anticipated point of contraflexure

Typical wall-frame interaction

Typical wall-frame deformation

Figure 44 - anticipated region of wall-frame interaction

As shown previously, a rigid frame under lateral loads predominantly exhibits shear deformation i.e. side-sway. The inter-storey drift should begin to diminish with the shear deformation of a rigid frame structure, as the lateral shear at a storey decreases with height from ground (due to lateral shear at a storey being the sum of the lateral forces imposed on the structure above the storey that is being considered). As the prevailing mode of deformation is due to shear, the greatest inter-storey drift will occur at the base, and diminish as height increases. Therefore, if the region above the anticipated point of contraflexure is deforming predominantly in shear action, then the inter-storey drift, dr, under lateral loading should begin to diminish beyond the point of contraflexure. In determining the overall deformation and plotting to show the inter-storey drift and inter-storey drift ratios, this point of contraflexure can be determined. The overall lateral deformations are as shown in table 8. It is evident that there is a similar trend of lateral deformation for all load combinations. Although favourable and unfavourable design scenarios have been considered, due to the linear elastic nature of analysis, the lateral deformations for the unfavourable load cases are simply 1.5 times the magnitude of the favourable deformations. This is due to partial factor of 1.5 applied to the unfavourable loads. Hence, for the rest of the evaluation, only the unfavourable load combinations will be considered as they exhibit the largest deformations.


The Graphs in figure 45 and 46 indicate the profile of the structures overall deformation under overall lateral deformation (lateral storey drift). It is evident that the largest lateral deformation occurs due to wind loading, and that both seismic load cases are relatively small. Furthermore, it confirms that the structure is undergoing deformation of a vertical cantilever, up until around storey 20 (as is evident from the curved profile of the graph to that point). From then on, the relationship of overall drift is somewhat linear. The top deformation for unfavourable wind is top = 0.068m. The allowable total top deflection from section is H/500 = 82.64/500 = 0.165m. Therefore the total deflection of the structure under unfavourable wind load does not approach even half the SLS lateral deflection limit, and thus satisfies the SLS condition. The maximum top deflections for seismicity are negligible, and for the worst case seismic loading of 0.18g PGA the top = 0.010m, and for PGA 0.04g top = 0.0035m which are 15% and 5.2% of the magnitude of the wind-induced lateral deflection respectively.
Table 8 Overall storey deflections, (mm) Storey height (m) 0.00 8.00 11.11 14.22 17.33 20.44 23.55 26.66 29.77 32.88 35.99 39.10 42.21 45.32 48.43 51.54 54.65 57.76 60.87 63.98 67.09 70.20 73.31 76.42 79.53 82.64 Storey No. Gravity + Wind unfav. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 0.00 2.82 4.38 6.17 8.17 10.35 12.69 15.17 17.78 20.48 23.27 26.13 29.05 32.02 35.01 38.03 41.06 44.09 47.12 50.15 53.16 56.15 59.13 62.09 65.02 67.92 favourable 0.00 1.88 2.92 4.11 5.45 6.90 8.46 10.11 11.85 13.65 15.51 17.42 19.37 21.35 23.34 25.35 27.37 29.39 31.41 33.43 35.44 37.43 39.42 41.39 43.35 45.28 Gravity + Seismic 0.04g unfav. 0.00 0.30 0.38 0.47 0.57 0.65 0.77 0.89 1.01 1.13 1.26 1.38 1.51 1.64 1.77 1.90 2.04 2.19 2.33 2.48 2.63 2.79 2.95 3.11 3.26 3.52 favourable 0.00 0.20 0.25 0.31 0.38 0.43 0.51 0.59 0.67 0.75 0.84 0.92 1.01 1.09 1.18 1.27 1.36 1.46 1.55 1.65 1.75 1.86 1.97 2.07 2.17 2.35 Gravity + Seismic 0.18g unfav. 0.00 0.63 0.88 1.16 1.47 1.79 2.13 2.48 2.83 3.19 3.56 3.94 4.32 4.72 5.12 5.53 5.95 6.38 6.82 7.27 7.73 8.19 8.67 9.15 9.62 10.21 favourable 0.00 0.42 0.59 0.77 0.98 1.19 1.42 1.65 1.89 2.13 2.37 2.63 2.88 3.15 3.41 3.69 3.97 4.25 4.55 4.85 5.15 5.46 5.78 6.10 6.41 6.81




Storey number


Wind unfavourable Seismic 0.04g unfavourable Seismic 0.08g unfavourable


0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

Lateral storey drift (mm) Figure 45 - Lateral storey drift for Unfavourable loading 30


20 Storey number
Wind favourable

Seismic 0.04g favourable

Seismic 0.18g Favourable

0 0 10 20 30 Storey drift (mm) Figure 46 - Lateral storey drift for favourable loading 40 50




20 Storey number
Wind unfavourable

Seismic 0.04g unfavourable

Seismic 0.18g unfavourable

0 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 Inter-storey drift (mm) 3.00 3.50

Figure 47 - Inter-storey drift for unfavourable loading 30

Wind Y unfavourable

20 Storey number


Seismic 0.04g unfavourable


Seismic 0.18g unfavourable

0 0 5 10 15 Inter-storey drift ratio (%) 20 25

Figure 48 - Inter-storey drift ratio for unfavourable loading


Graph 47 indicates the interstorey drift, whilst graph 48 indicates the inter-storey drift ratio. The interstorey seismic drift limit dr for the two storey heights of 3.11m (for residential) and 8.11 (ground) are 0.031m and 0.08m respectively. The seismic dr equates to the same h/100 limit for wind induced interstorey drift. From the graph, it is evident that, the maximum inter-storey drift occurs at the 20th storey, with a value of 3.30mm for wind loading, which does not exceed the values for interstorey-drift limits. From this maximum point, inter-storey drift begins to diminish. Therefore, all inter-storey drift values fall within their respective ranges of acceptable SLS limits. It can therefore be confirmed that can be confirmed that seismic loading does not govern (as expected), and poses no threat on the SLS performance of the structure. Therefore Hence, for a typical structure London based high-rise structure for the 2500 year return period PGA of 0.04g and the hypothetical 0.18g PGA for exceptional exceedance, the consideration into seismicity in UK design can be deemed unnecessary. Even if the worst case wind and seismic load was to be superimposed in an adverse situation of unfavourable wind and seismicity acting together, the total top deflection would equate to wind + seismic, 0.18g = 0.068m + 0.010m = 0.078m. This is still well within the allowable deflection limit, and means that the structures global behaviour is acceptable for lateral deflections at this stage.
Table 9 - Inter-storey drift

Inter-storey drift, dr (mm)

Storey height (m) 0.00 8.00 11.11 14.22 17.33 20.44 23.55 26.66 29.77 32.88 35.99 39.10 42.21 45.32 48.43 51.54 54.65 57.76 60.87 63.98 67.09 70.20 73.31 76.42 79.53 82.64 Storey No. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Gravity + Wind unfav. Gravity + Seismic 0.04g unfav. Gravity + Seismic 0.18g unfav.

0.00 1.56 1.79 2.00 2.00 2.18 2.34 2.48 2.61 2.70 2.79 2.86 2.92 2.97 2.99 3.02 3.03 3.03 3.03 3.03 3.01 2.99 2.98 2.96 2.93 2.90

0.00 0.30 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.08 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.12 0.13 0.12 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.13 0.14 0.15 0.14 0.15 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.16 0.15 0.26

0.00 0.63 0.25 0.28 0.31 0.32 0.34 0.35 0.35 0.36 0.37 0.38 0.38 0.40 0.40 0.41 0.42 0.43 0.44 0.45 0.46 0.46 0.48 0.48 0.47 0.59


The highlighted region in table 9 is the point at which the values for inter-storey drift begin to diminish. At storeys 19-20, the maximum value is approached for inter-storey drift, and is also the point where no the overturning moment in the shear-core occurs. This is therefore the indicative zone of contraflexure, where the change from predominant flexural deformation the shear wall to the shear core changes to predominant deformation of the rigid frame component. This can be qualitatively observed by the increasing dr values up until the 19-20th storey in graph 47, and then prompted by the receding values for on the curve that is typical of a shear deformation. Another observable phenomenon (particularly in seismic design) is the large values of inter-storey drift ratio for the lowest storey. This is due to the soft-storey phenomena, which in the case of A4 is induced by larger height of that floor (8m). Therefore the concentration of mass at that point is at a different distance from the other floor masses, and therefore the stiffness of that section is inherently different. The soft-storey is however a concern only in high seismicity seismic events, as the inherent difference in stiffness may initiate a storey-collapse mechanism. Stiffness soft story irregularity is defined to exist where there is a story in which the lateral stiffness is less than 70% of that in the story above or less than 80% of the average stiffness of the three stories above (Taranath, 2010). However, this effect can be excluded for the future design of A4 as it is negligible.


Comfortability criteria performance

The dynamic excitation of a structure can induce particular human responses which may result in the successful end-use of the structure being hindered, and possibly render the structure uneconomical. Earthquake induced motions, even when they are more violent than those induced by wind, evoke a completely different human response. This is firstly due to the inherent infrequency of earthquakes relative to high winds/storms, and secondly, because the duration of motion caused by an earthquake is generally short. The psychological effect experienced by people during earthquakes are inclined to be less critical of the building motion, due to the gratefulness of the occupants to have survived such a natural disaster. Earthquake-induced motions are, therefore, a safety rather than a human discomfort issue. However, the negligible earthquake effects on A4 will likely not induce this feeling in people. Although no specific code guidance is given for comfortability criteria calculations, an empirically based check will be performed to determine the cross-wind and along-wind response. These are based on a simplified calculation for A4 tower, assuming that it is rectangular in cross-wind and along-wind profile. For full reference and theory of the calculation, please refer to Dynamic Response to wind loading in Tall Building Structures: Analysis and Design (Smith, 1991),

Where the building has an aspect ratio W/H = 0.424, for a city centre the roughness factor of the surface is r = 0.425 (Smith, 1991), and a background turbulence factor of B = 0.75 A reduced frequency is then applied where A size reduction factor, S, is then applied where S = 0.04. The inverse wavelength is = 0.0173


From this, a gust energy ratio F, is applied, where F = 0.15 Finally, a resonant turbulence factor From this, the formula to denote average fluctuation rate, A peak factor gp= 3.75, and therefore Gust factor = 2.71

The peak dynamic forces and displacements are obtained by multiplying all static values due to the mean velocity of 22m/s by 2.85. Therefore, along wind acceleration, is denoted by the formula

The value of 0.955ms-2, satisfies the criteria of low acceleration, where in section 3.7, it can be classed as sensible, people can perceive. However, this is a small acceleration, and therefore should not induce discomforting accelerations. It is recommended that a more accurate method such as windtunnel testing be carried out at the final design stage to ensure an accurate representation of the wind induced accelerations (Smith 1991) .


Design implications

The results indicate that performance objectives are met by A4 tower in the case of the applied loadings, and that there is no need to explicitly consider seismic action due to the minimal impact that it will have on the structures serviceability performance. Therefore, standard detailed design procedures to EC2 part 1-1 will suffice for the detailed design stage of the project life cycle. However the factors affecting structural performance covered only one of the many key aspects of highrise building design. Further design will need to give consideration into the following factors. The structure will in essence provide a frame to support substantial gravity loading through structural dead weight and occupancy loads. It is evident that a high-rise RC structure will have a significant selfweight, and over time this will have cumulative effects on the gravity load resisting members (columns and shear walls). 6.2.1 P- effects As has been demonstrated in this report, An important characteristic of very tall buildings when subjected to lateral loads is the expected magnitudes of lateral drift. This is expected due to the fact that for a uniform load on a uniform building with a constant stiffness up the height of the building the lateral deflection is proportional to the fourth power of the height H4. This introduces the importance of including P- effects into the detailed lateral load analysis of tall buildings. The P- effect is the creation of additional moments and lateral deflections caused by the eccentricity of gravity loads through lateral deformation of the structure. In terms of ultimate limit state design, lateral deflections must be limited to prevent this second order P- effect, due to gravity loadings in high-rise buildings being of such a magnitude as to initiate collapse. To satisfy serviceability limit state design, deflections must be limited to levels such that proper functioning of non-structural members (and other criteria listed in section 3.4). Furthermore, P- effects may lead to undesirable dynamic characteristics, causing further discomfort to building occupants.


As the lateral deformations for A4 fall within the range of acceptable deflections, it is not expected that significant P- effects should occur under gravity loading design of members. However this can only be discerned through more detailed and final design and analysis. As is often the case in many ongoing structural design projects, the client and architectural needs may change with time, thus imposing changes that must be made to the structural layout. Therefore, should any changes be made, the same procedures as above, plus those listed here should be made, and analysed thoroughly. 6.2.2 Axial shortening With increasing height of tall building structures, axial shortening of columns and wall members can become very significant, compared to that of low-rise buildings. The factors affecting this are: Elements which are subjected to higher stress levels due to accumulated loads from many floors with the added pressure of minimising cross sectional areas with the use of higher strength concretes. Accumulation of strains over longer lengths corresponding to the height of the building. It is important to recognise that shrinkage and creep is time dependant, and that creep is also stress dependant. Hypothetically, if all vertical elements were subjected to constant stress and comprised of identical concrete mixtures and geometrical shapes the building would shorten uniformly. Although some limitation would have to be placed on the total allowable shortening it should not cause too great a concern. Unfortunately this idealised situation is never the case (although the large part of A4 is uniform in section sizes and concrete type). It is the differential shortening between adjoining vertical elements that tends to cause problems. The magnitude of this movement can be enough to cause distress to non-structural elements and induce moments and shear forces into connecting horizontal elements. Axial shortening is made up from the following constituent parts: Elastic Shortening - Short term strain from applied stress Creep Long term gradually increasing strain from applied stress Shrinkage long term strain caused by moisture evaporation from the surface

The calculation of expected axial shortening will require significant engineering judgement. The influence of construction time and sequence is an important factor, and will play a significant role in the construction of A4 Another assessment that is vital to design of high-rise structures is for movement due to temperature effects. This will result in thermal loads being applied to the structure, and can result in further differential shortening or movement of the structure. However, in the case of A4 it should pose no issue to ignore this, as the structure will fall within the insulated body of the cladding and therefore negligible differential movement can be expected.


Under typical UK design procedures utilising relevant Eurocodes, the performance based design of a 26 storey high-rise RC building located in central London is still wind-controlled. Static wind loading effects have been compared with seismic multimodal response spectrum analysis for a 2500 year return period PGA of 0.04g and a hypothetical worst case scenario PGA of 0.18g, and shown to prevail in magnitude of lateral effects. Neither of the lateral load deformations exceeds the defined serviceability limit states for inter-storey drift. Furthermore, seismic inter-storey drifts have been found to be a very small proportion of the magnitude of inter-storey drift due to wind loading to Eurocode 1. The adopted design has shown to be adequate in satisfying serviceability limit states defined for lateral deflection limits, so as to prevent damage and/or stressing of non-structural elements. Furthermore, no ductility specific detailing requirements would be necessary for the final design stages of the proposed project, as the low seismic activity and EC8 specified ductility class low requirement states that general detailing to EC2 part 1-1 is applicable to ensure satisfactory lateral load performance.


However, since the method employed to determine seismic loading was using a simplified response spectrum method in one predominant direction, a more accurate representation to confirm the findings is suggested. This is as it cannot be said for certain whether the seismic load will not inhibit larger deformations or even take control in some instances. To ensure confidence in findings, it is suggested that a non-linear time-history analysis be undertaken to provide any information regarding the nonlinear behaviour that response spectrum analysis cannot provide. Furthermore, for a more detailed and accurate lateral performance investigation, lateral loads in more than one direction should be considered. It must be noted that earthquakes are highly unpredictable, and it is very difficult to ascertain the size of future seismic events. Therefore, there is still desirability for seismic analysis of structures within the UK. The analysis of the structure has shown that the predominant resistance to lateral load has been provided through flexural bending resistance of the shear core. The grouped behaviour of wind and gravity loading upon members reduces the net tensile forces imposed on the structure during lateral bending. The analysis has also successfully confirmed the point of shear-wall frame interaction for the proposed design, the corresponding changes in the form of lateral deformation, and demonstrated the ability of the external frame components to potentially resist lateral load. Therefore, it is suggested in the instance of detailed design for individual structural members that this shear wall-frame interaction be considered. The typical procedure of only designing the shear-core to resist lateral load prevents the advantages on detailed design imposed by considering the wall-frame interaction, where: The estimated storey drift may be less than if the walls were considered to be the only horizontal load resisting members. The estimated bending moments in the walls/cores will be less if than if only wall action is considered alone. The columns of the frames can be designed as fully braced, limiting requirements to design for considerable secondary effects (i.e. P effect) The estimated shear in the frame will likely be uniform throughout the height, and as a consequence of this can be designed and constructed repetitively and economically.

Preliminary calculation of wind induced acceleration of the structure has shown that comfortability criteria for human perception has not been exceeded. However, to truly ascertain this, it is suggested that in place of the conservative code based wind load calculations (for which A4 is outside of the traditional scope) a specialist wind-tunnel test is undertaken. The use of a wind model for tall buildings typically offers significant advantages over a conservative use of the code, as it: Provides an accurate distribution of wind loads, especially for structures in a built-up environment, as results can directly determine the impact of wind load on surrounding structures as well. Provides predictions of wind-induced building motions (accelerations and torsional velocities) likely to be experienced by occupants of the top floors, and compares the test results to available serviceability criteria. Provides an assessment of expected pedestrian wind comfort along with any conceptual recommendations for improvement to key pedestrian areas (e.g., main entrances, congregational areas, etc.). Because wind-tunnel studies consider the effect of nearby buildings and directional variations in the local wind climate, the overall design wind loads are generally (but not always lower than code wind loads resulting in lower cost in construction due to lack of over reinforcing.



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