Fragility curves and loss functions for RC structural components with smooth rebars

  • Cardone, Donatello (School of Engineering, University of Basilicata)
  • Received : 2015.07.07
  • Accepted : 2016.02.27
  • Published : 2016.05.25


Fragility and loss functions are developed to predict damage and economic losses due to earthquake loading in Reinforced Concrete (RC) structural components with smooth rebars. The attention is focused on external/internal beam-column joints and ductile/brittle weak columns, designed for gravity loads only, using low-strength concrete and plain steel reinforcing bars. First, a number of damage states are proposed and linked deterministically with commonly employed methods of repair and related activities. Results from previous experimental studies are used to develop empirical relationships between damage states and engineering demand parameters, such as interstory and column drift ratios. Probability distributions are fit to the empirical data and the associated statistical parameters are evaluated using statistical methods. Repair costs for damaged RC components are then estimated based on detailed quantity survey of a number of pre-70 RC buildings, using Italian costing manuals. Finally, loss functions are derived to predict the level of monetary losses to individual RC components as a function of the experienced response demand.


fragility functions;damage states;RC frame buildings;beam-column joints;weak columns;smooth reinforcing bars;repair methods;repair costs;loss functions;FEMA P-58


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