Probabilistic assessment of the structural safetyof a type of bolted and welded connections for seismic zones

David De León, Alfredo Reyes


The findings about the fragile behavior of steel welded connections after the Northridge 1994 earthquake, specially for frames designed to withstand lateral force, has brought an amount of new attention to the design and safety issues of the welded connections for structures located on seismic zones. In México, practitioners and designers are facing the problem of the seismic effectiveness of the several kinds of connections as currently proposed for the design of steel structures. A decision must be made to balance the safety required with the costs incurred after exceeding the serviceability limit state. Structural reliability techniques provide the proper framework to include the inherent uncertainties into the design process. Registered motions after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake are properly scaled according to the seismic hazard curve for soft soil in Mexico City. Earthquake occurrence is modeledas a Poisson process and The expected life-cycle cost is taken as the decision criteria. Parametric analyses allow the identification of dominant variables and ranges where one option is more recommendable than the other one. The proposed formulation may support designers and builders on the analyses and justification process towards the selection of the convenient connection type for the seismic zones with soft soil in Mexico City.

Palabras clave

bolted and welded connections; seismic response; ife-cycle expected cost; seismic risk

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Universidad del Zulia /Venezuela/ Revista Técnica de la Facultad de Ingeniería/ /

p-ISSN: 0254-0770 / e-ISSN: 2477-9377 


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