Simplified Estimation Method for Collective Uncertainty-Propagations of Hysteretic Energy Dissipating Device’s Properties

Dong Hyeon Shin, Hyung Joon Kim

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Hysteretic energy dissipating devices (HEDDs) have been increasingly applied to building construction to improve the seismic performance. The seismic responses of such damped structures are significantly affected by HEDD’s structural properties. An accurate investigation on the propagation of HEDD’s structural properties is required for reasonable evaluation of the seismic performance of a structure. This study aims to develop simplified methods that can estimate the collective uncertainty-propagation to the seismic response of damped structures employing HEDDs. To achieve this, three- and six-story steel moment-resisting frames were selected and the propagations of the individual HEDD’s property-uncertainties were evaluated when they are subjected to various levels of seismic demand. Based on the result of individual uncertainty-propagations, a simplified method is proposed to evaluate the variation of seismic response collectively propagated by HEDD’s property-uncertainties and is verified by comparing with the exact collective uncertainty-propagation calculated using the Monte Carlo simulation method. The proposed method, called as a modified SRSS method in this study, is established from a conventional square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS) method with the relative contributions of the individual HEDD’s property-uncertainty propagations. This study shows that the modified SRSS method provides a better estimation than the conventional SRSS method and can significantly reduce computational time with reasonable accuracy compared with the Monte Carlo simulation method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1508-1524
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Steel Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Collective uncertainty-propagation
  • Hysteretic energy dissipating devices
  • Modified SRSS method
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Relative contribution


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