1st Edition

Seismic Design of Steel Structures

By Victor Gioncu, Federico Mazzolani Copyright 2014
    525 Pages 419 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    525 Pages 419 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Providing real world applications for different structural types and seismic characteristics, Seismic Design of Steel Structures combines knowledge of seismic behavior of steel structures with the principles of earthquake engineering. This book focuses on seismic design, and concentrates specifically on seismic-resistant steel structures.

    Drawing on experience from the Northridge to the Tohoku earthquakes, it combines understanding of the seismic behavior of steel structures with the principles of earthquake engineering. The book focuses on the global as well as local behavior of steel structures and their effective seismic-resistant design. It recognises different types of earthquakes, takes into account the especial danger of fire after earthquake, and proposes new bracing and connecting systems for new seismic resistant steel structures, and also for upgrading existing reinforced concrete structures.

    • Includes the results of the extensive use of the DUCTROCT M computer program, which is used for the evaluation of the seismic available ductility, both monotonic and cyclic, for different types of earthquakes
    • Demonstrates good design principles by highlighting the behavior of seismic-resistant steel structures in many applications from around the world
    • Provides a methodological approach, making a clear distinction between strong and low-to-moderate seismic regions

    This book serves as a reference for structural engineers involved in seismic design, as well as researchers and graduate students of seismic structural analysis and design.

    Failure of a myth

    The myth of steel as a perfect material for seismic-resistant structures

    Behavior of steel structures during American and Asian earthquakes

    Behavior of steel structures during the European earthquakes

    Engineering lessons learned from the last strong earthquakes


    Steel against earthquakes

    Steel as the material of choice for seismic areas

    Development of steel structural systems


    Challenges in seismic design

    Gap in seismic design methodologies

    Earthquake types

    Strong seismic regions

    Low-to-moderate seismic regions

    Proposals for improving the new code provisions


    New generation of steel structures


    Improving existing solutions

    New solutions of bracing systems

    New solutions for connections


    Advances in steel beam ductility

    New concepts on structural ductility

    DUCTROT-M Computer program

    Monotonic available ductility

    Local ductility under far-field earthquakes

    Near-field earthquake effects on the available ductility of steel beams



    Fire after earthquake


    Structural behavior under the effect of fire

    From the historical events to date

    Post-earthquake fire and risk management

    Computational aspects

    Analysis assumptions

    Structural behavior

    Methodology for assessing robustness

    Conclusive remarks




    Victor Gioncu, Federico Mazzolani

    "This is a massive and most impressive book. This reviewer is not aware of an equal in the international literature. It will serve as an authoritative reference in the field for years to come."
    –Michael N. Fardis, University of Patras, Greece

    "This book represents the culmination of over two decades of research by the authors, in which they have sought to link the demands of various types of earthquakes to the ability of steel frame structures to withstand these without suffering undue distress. It is extremely comprehensive and thorough in its treatment - utilising, where appropriate, the contributions of others - and is written by two individuals who have contributed a lifetime of study to the subject area. By fusing the twin aspects of demand and supply it goes beyond the normal treatments, in which specialist texts deal either with Engineering Seismology (normally without taking the subject into the 'design requirements' phase) or the Steelwork Design aspects separately."
    ––Professor David Nethercot, Imperial College London, UK