Disaster resilience of a building or a community is the capability to quickly restore full functionality following an extreme event. Buildings play a critical role in achieving community resilience because of their importance in providing emergency response, essential services, and shelter, and because of the significant economic costs and potential loss of life associated with building damage or collapse. This project will develop the measurement science to assess the disaster resilience of buildings through the use of risk-based assessment and decision methods that are supported by a cost/benefit analysis and performance-based design and rehabilitation methodologies. A key component of a resilient building is a robust structural system, which limits the spread of collapse when subjected to extreme natural and man-made hazards. Many U.S. buildings are vulnerable to partial or total collapse under abnormal loads not considered in building design. At present, there is no accepted engineering methodology to assess and enhance overall structural robustness within a multi-hazard context that considers both design loads and abnormal loads. This project will address the development of procedures and computational methodologies for assessing overall structural robustness and will provide the measurement science needs for the development of performance-based provisions in U.S. codes and standards for disproportionate collapse resistance that will enhance the disaster-resilience of buildings.
Objective: By FY2014, develop the measurement science to assess the disaster resilience of buildings through the use of risk-based assessment and decision methods, and develop performance-based pre-standards for mitigation of disproportionate collapse of steel and reinforced concrete structures.
What is the new technical idea? Disaster resilience is the capability of a system and its components – such as a community and its essential buildings and infrastructure facilities – to quickly recover full functionality following an extreme event. The new technical idea is to develop the tools to measure the resilience of buildings and infrastructure facilities using risk-based assessment and decision methods that are supported by a cost/benefit analysis and performance-based design and rehabilitation methodologies. The tools will consider a holistic approach to building resilience that includes the performance of structural and nonstructural building systems, system damage and loss of functionality following the hazard event, the duration of recovery, and associated economic losses. This project will develop (1) performance criteria and metrics for evaluating essential building and facility resilience, (2) design and retrofit strategies for resilience, and (3) risk-based assessment and decision methods for achieving resilience that are supported by a cost/benefit analysis and performance-based methods.
A key component of a resilient building is a robust structural system, which limits the progression of failure under extreme natural and man-made hazards. Therefore, an important focus of the project is to develop system-level performance metrics for robustness of building structures. Structural robustness is the ability of a structure to withstand local failures without disproportionate collapse. Redundancy, integrity, and ductility are key factors that influence the robustness of the structure. The assessment of structural robustness requires simulation of structural behavior under various local failure scenarios. Realistic and efficient simulations require the development and use of advanced and experimentally validated modeling methodologies to examine the structural system performance. The project will examine collapse limit states of various structural systems to quantify their reserve capacities through push-down analyses. The project will also develop design and retrofit methodologies that take explicit advantage of the synergies associated with mitigating disproportionate collapse under multiple hazards to enhance overall structural performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
What is the research plan? The proposed approach seeks to develop resilience performance criteria and metrics that account for essential building and facility performance during hazard events, including the performance of nonstructural systems, loss of functionality, the duration of recovery, and associated economic losses. The scope includes the performance of structural and non-structural building systems, utility infrastructure housed within or below the building, adjacent transportation facilities, and adjacent buildings or facilities. Data from past hazard events, engineering judgment, and engineering analyses will be used to develop performance criteria and resilience metrics. A case study analysis using HAZUS MH will vary hazard magnitudes and analyze the losses associated with different levels of hazard mitigation, which will be used to demonstrate how to apply cost/benefit analysis to promote more cost-effective design/rehabilitation approaches.
The project also proposes to develop metrics to quantify the robustness of various structural systems. These metrics will be based on experimentally validated computational models of structural systems incorporating the predominant behaviors and failure modes of components and connections. Such models can be used by design professionals to design for disproportionate collapse resistance. The project will develop performance objectives, acceptance criteria, and evaluation methods for both new and existing structures, which will be used to develop guidance documents and pre-standards for design and rehabilitation of structures to mitigate disproportionate collapse.