Behaviour of Multi-Storey Prefabricated Modular Buildings under seismic loads

  • Gunawardena, Tharaka (Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne) ;
  • Ngo, Tuan (Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne) ;
  • Mendis, Priyan (Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne)
  • Received : 2016.02.09
  • Accepted : 2016.07.17
  • Published : 2016.12.25


Prefabricated Modular Buildings are increasingly becoming popular in the construction industry as a method to achieve financially economical buildings in a very short construction time. This increasing demand for modular construction has expanded into multi-storey applications where the effect of lateral loads such as seismic loads becomes critical. However, there is a lack of detailed scientific research that has explored the behaviour of modular buildings and their connection systems against seismic loads. This paper will therefore present the nonlinear time history analysis of a multi-storey modular building against several ground motion records. The critical elements that need special attention in designing a modular building in similar seismic conditions is discussed with a deeper explanation of the behaviour of the overall system.


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