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Analysis of Moment Resisting Frame and Lateral Load Distribution

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Lateral Load Distribution of Frame Building

Lateral Load Analysis of Moment Resisting Frame

A. Portal frame method: Frames: Portal frames are frequently used over the entrance of a bridge and as a main stiffness element in building design in order to transfer horizontal forces applied at the top of the frame to the foundation. On bridges, these frames resist the forces caused by wind, earthquake, and unbalanced traffic loading on the bridge deck. Portals can be pin supported, fixed supported, or supported by partial fixity. The approximate analysis of each case will now be discussed for a simple three-member portal. Pin-Supported Portals: A typical pin-supported portal frame is shown in Fig. 1 (a). Since four unknowns exist at the supports but only three equilibrium equations are available for solution, this structure is statically indeterminate to the first degree. Consequently, only one assumption must be made to reduce the frame to one that is statically determinate. The elastic deflection of the portal is shown in Fig. 1(b). This diagram indicates that a point of inflection, that is, where the moment changes from positive bending to negative bending, is located approximately at the girder’s midpoint. Since the moment in the girder is zero at this point, we can assume a hinge exists there and then proceed to determine the reactions at the supports using statics. If this is done, it is found that the horizontal reactions (shear) at the base of each column are equal and the other reactions are those indicated in Fig. 1(c). Furthermore the moment diagrams, for this frame, are indicated in Fig. 1(d).

Fig. 1 Portal frame pin-supported at base

 Fixed-Supported Portals: Portal with two fixed supports, Fig. 2(a) are statically indeterminate to the third degree since there is a total of six unknowns at the supports. If the vertical members have equal lengths and cross-sectional areas the frame will deflect as shown in Fig. 2(b). For this case, we will assume points of inflection occur at the midpoints of all three members, and therefore hinges are placed at these points. The reactions and moment diagrams for each member can therefore be determined by dismembering the frame at the hinges and applying the equations of equilibrium to each of the four parts. The results are shown in Fig. 2(c). Note that, as in the case of the pin-connected portal, the horizontal reactions (shear) at the base of each column are equal. The moment diagram for this frame is indicted in Fig. 2(d).

Fig. 2 Analysis of portal frames - Fixed at base

Partially Fixed (at the Bottom) Portal: Since it is both difficult and costly to construct a perfectly fixed support or foundation for a portal frame, it is a conservative and somewhat realistic estimate to assume a slight rotation to occur at the supports, as shown in Fig. 3(a). As a result, the points of inflection on the columns lie somewhere between the case of having a pin-supported portal (as shown in Fig. 1(a)), where the “inflection points” are at the supports (base of columns), and that of a fixed-supported portal (as shown in Fig. 2(a)), where the inflection points lie at the center of the columns. Many engineers arbitrarily define the location at h/3 (Fig. 3(b)), and therefore place hinges at these points, and also at the center of the girder.

Fig. 3 Portal frame partially fixed at base

Trussed Frames: When a portal is used to span large distances, a truss may be used in place of the horizontal girder. Such a structure is used on large bridges and as transverse bents for large auditoriums and mill buildings. A typical example is shown in Fig. 4(a). In all cases, the suspended truss is assumed to be pin connected at its points of attachment to the columns. Furthermore, the truss keeps the columns straight within the region of attachment when the portals are subjected to the sidesway D, Fig. 4(b). Consequently, we can analyze trussed portals using the same assumptions as those used for simple portal frames. For pin-supported columns, assume the horizontal reactions (shear) are equal, as in Fig. 1(c). For fixed-supported columns, assume the horizontal reactions are equal and an inflection point (or hinge) occurs on each column, measured midway between the base of the column and the lowest point of truss member connection to the column. See Fig. 2(c) and Fig. 4(b).

Fig. 4 Trussed frame fixed at base

Lateral loads on Building Frames: Portal Frame Method

The action of lateral loads on portal frames and found that for a frame fixed supported at its base, points of inflection occur at approximately the center of each girder and column and the columns carry equal shear loads, Fig. 2. A building bent deflects in the same way as a portal frame, Fig.5 (a), and therefore it would be appropriate to assume inflection points occur at the center of the columns and girders. If we consider each bent of the frame to be composed of a series of portals, Fig. 5 (b), then as a further assumption, the interior columns would represent the effect of two portal columns and would therefore carry twice the shear V as the two exterior columns. Consider the 2-D frame with m-base and n-storeys. The degree of indeterminacy of the frame is 3mn. To analyze the frame, 3mn assumptions are made;   B. Cantilever method: In this method also, 3mn assumptions are to be made to make the frame statically determinate; the point of contra-flexure in the column is at mid-height of the columns: (m+1)n assumptions. The cantilever method is based on the same action as a long cantilevered beam subjected to a transverse load. It may be recalled from mechanics of materials that such a loading causes a bending stress in the beam that varies linearly from the beam’s neutral axis, Fig. 6 (a). In a similar manner, the lateral loads on a frame tend to tip the frame over, or cause a rotation of the frame about a “neutral axis” lying in a horizontal plane that passes through the columns at each floor level. To counteract this tipping, the axial forces (or stress) in the columns will be tensile on one side of the neutral axis and compressive on the other side as in Fig below. ike the cantilevered beam, it therefore seems reasonable to assume this axial stress has a linear variation from the centroid of the column areas or neutral axis. The cantilever method is therefore appropriate it the frame is tall and slender, or has columns with different cross-section areas.
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