Evaluation of the Economic Benefits of using Buckling-Restrained Braces in Hospital Structures Located in Very Soft Soils

Hector Guerrero Bobadilla, Amador Teran-Gilmore, Tianjian Ji, José A. Escobar

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    Abstract

    Since economic quantities are more meaningful to decision makers than dynamic response parameters, this paper examines the economic benefits of using Buckling-Restrained Braces (BRBs) in hospitals located in the very soft soils of the lakebed zone of Mexico City. Since non-structural elements and contents are far more expensive than the structure itself, they are included in detail in the analyses. The results of analyses on three-, six-, and nine-storey frames, which represent short-period structures, show that the expected (or probable) losses and lifecycle costs are smaller when structures are equipped with BRBs. Different cases (defined by the contribution of the BRBs to the strength capacity of the structure) were analysed and compared. The best design options were identified from a comparison of lifecycle costs. As an example, a comparison of cost-benefit analysis between a bare frame and a frame designed under gravity loads and equipped with BRBs, shows that the latter is more economical; because, for the same initial cost, the lifecycle costs are significantly smaller.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEngineering Structures
    Volume136
    Early online date30 Jan 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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