Comparative analysis of normative provisions for seismic design and detailing of reinforced concrete structures


The main objective of this work is to carry out a comparative analysis between the methods and provisions of the Brazilian code ABNT NBR 15421:2006 and those of the ASCE/SEI 7 and the Eurocode 8, on the seismic design of structures. The similarities and differences between these standards, as far as the application of the Equivalent Lateral Forces method (ELFM) and the Response Spectrum method (RSM) are concerned, will be addressed. The responses will be evaluated for a case study that will be modelled by the SCIA Engineer 17 software. This paper also presents some comments on the detailing of reinforced concrete structures to ensure a good performance under seismic loading, allowing for a more favourable interpretation of the seismic analysis results.