Student researcher

Dr Anita Amirsardari Research Leader

This study assessed the seismic performance of reinforced concrete gravity moment resisting frames in buildings that have shear walls or cores as the primary lateral load resisting system. The project involved an investigation to obtain the history of the design of reinforced concrete buildings in Australia to provide an understanding of the existing building stock, including typical building configurations and design detailing. This was achieved by speaking to and corresponding with experienced practicing structural engineers and from reviewing older editions of the Australian concrete structures and loading standards. Based on the findings six archetypal buildings were designed.

Based on the findings of the study recommendations can be provided about whether retrofitting existing buildings is necessary, and potential improvements to the current design philosophy incorporated in the Australian standards and codes.