Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Hsiao, J.


The P-delta effect is a second order effect experienced by any structure when subjected to lateral loads like earthquake or wind loads, and is originated by an additional destabilizing moment generated due to the gravity acting on the laterally deflected member further displacing it. For the purpose of this research, displacement is considered as the study parameter to analyze the second order P-Delta effects. The main objective of this study is to investigate effects of forces causing P-Delta effects on Single Story Single Bay Steel Moment Frames with Reduced Beam Section Connection (RBS). FEMA-350 and AISC Seismic Design Manual suggest that, if the specified conditions are satisfied, there is no need to provide additional panel zone reinforcements as continuity and doubler plates. This study makes an effort to observe the effects of panel zone strength in formation of plastic hinges and in shifting fracture zone away from the column face on frames with RBS connections under P-Delta effects and find whether further increasing the stiffness of panel zone will have beneficial outcome or not.




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