Abstract:This work presents a numerical model of the cyclic structural behavior of dissipative buckling-restrained braces, commonly used as an alternative to classical concentric braces for seismic protection of building frames and other structures.

Such devices are usually composed of a slender steel core embedded in a stockiest casing that is intended to prevent its bucklingwhen it is under compression. The casing is madeeither of mortar or steel, and a sliding interface is interposed between the core and the casing to prevent excessive shear stress transfer. The behavior of the steel core is described by a damage and plasticity model; the behavior of the mortar casing is described by an isotropic damage model and the sliding behavior of the interface is described by a contact penalty model. These three models are implemented in the Abaqus software package following an explicit formulation. The ability of this algorithm to reproduce the cyclic behavior of buckling-restrained braces is verified in a number of representative yet simple situations.


F. López-Almansa ,⇑, J.C. Castro-Medina , S. Oller, - “ A numerical model of the structural behavior of buckling-restrained braces”-Engineering Structures 41 (2012) 108–117