The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 70 (1992) > Issues > Issue 16 > Capacity Design of Ductile RC Building Structures for Earthquake Resistance
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Capacity Design of Ductile RC Building Structures for Earthquake Resistance

The capacity design procedure used in New Zealand for the design of multistorey RC frames and walls of buildings for resistance against severe earthquakes is described. The aim of the capacity design procedure is to ensure that the members and joints of structures have appropriate levels of strength in flexure, shear and bond, so that appropriate detailing of longitudinal and transverse reinforcement will lead to structures with sufficient ductility in a flexural yielding mode to survive severe earthquakes. Developments in New Zealand in capacity design provisions, and in the understanding of the behaviour of reinforced concrete beams, columns, beam-column joints and structural walls during severe earthquakes, are discussed. Comparisons are made of the seismic design provisions for reinforced concrete structures recommended by New Zealand Codes and by draft Eurocode 8 for the design of building structures in seismic regions. Professor R. Park

Author(s): Park, R

Keywords: new zealand;reinforced concrete;earthquake resistance;ductility;capacity design;codes of practice;eurocode8;comparing;detailing;joints;loads;frames;walls;reinforcement;columns;shear;precast