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As gravity loads act on a structure, lateral displacement occurs. In turn, a secondary overturning moment is generated as the gravity load continues to act on the elements in the laterally displaced position. This effect is also known as "P-Delta (Δ)." Sect. 184.108.40.206 of the ASCE 7-16 Standard and the NBC 2015 Commentary specify when P-Delta effects should be considered during a modal response spectrum analysis.
There can be numerous nonlinearities in a structural system. In order to model them realistically in a dynamic analysis, the RF-DYNAM Pro - Nonlinear Time Histoey add-on module was developed. To explain how the add-on module works, the procedure is described below with an example.
When it comes to wind loads on building type structures per the ASCE 7, numerous resources can be found to supplement design standards and aid engineers with this lateral load application. However, engineers may find it more difficult to find similar resources for wind loading on non-building type structures. This article will examine the steps to calculate and apply wind loads per the ASCE 7-16 on a circular reinforced concrete tank with a dome roof.
The story drift of a building provides valuable information about its structural behavior under seismic loads.
Consideration of P-Delta Effects (Second-Order Analysis) in the Response Spectrum Analysis According to ASCE 7-16RFEM offers the option to perform a response spectrum analysis according to ASCE 7-16. This standard describes the determination of seismic loads for the US-American market. It might happen that the so-called P-Delta effect has to be considered due to the stiffness of the entire structure to be able to calculate the internal forces and carry out the design.
In RF-/DYNAM Pro - Equivalent Loads, the equivalent seismic loads can be calculated according to different standards. By calculating the equivalent loads for each eigenvalue, it is not directly possible to obtain the transversal shear for each story to perform an analysis afterwards. The following example describes the option to calculate the transversal shear quickly and efficiently.
In RF-/DYNAM Pro - Equivalent Loads, a signed result option in accordance to the dominant eigenmode is available since version X.06.3039. For the modal combination of results corresponding to the single eigenvalues a quadratic combination rule has to be used, in RFEM and RSTAB the SRSS and the CQC rule are available. It is only allowed to combine results not loads directly. The reason are the mode shapes which are arbitrarily scaled and signed.
The Time Course Monitor displays results of a time history analysis from RF‑/DYNAM Pro - Forced Vibrations. The graphic can be adjusted in the settings. This can be reached via the right click in the context menu. For example you can activate or deactivate the grid in the graphic. Those changes are overtaken into the printout report when you print the graphic.
For the ultimate limit state design, EN 1998‑1 , Section 2.2.2 and 220.127.116.11, require the calculation considering the second‑order theory (P‑Δ effect). This effect need not be taken into account only if the interstorey drift sensitivity coefficient θ is less than 0.1.
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