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Numerical Study on the Seismic Performance of a Steel–Concrete Hybrid Supporting Structure in Thermal Power Plants

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School of Civil Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710061, China
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School of Civil Engineering, Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710054, China
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School of Civil Engineering, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 294; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8020294
Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 10 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 16 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Mechanical Engineering)
This paper presents the numerical investigation on the seismic performance of a steel–concrete hybrid structure consisting of reinforced concrete (RC) tubular columns and steel braced truss with A-shaped steel frames, which is a novel supporting structural system to house air-cooled condensers (ACC) in large-capacity thermal power plants (TPPs). First, the finite element (FE) modeling approach for this hybrid structure using the software ABAQUS was validated by a range of pseudo-dynamic tests (PDTs) performed on a 1/8-scaled sub-structure. The failure process, lateral displacement responses, changing rules of dynamic characteristic parameters and lateral stiffness with increase of peak ground acceleration (PGA) were presented here. Then, nonlinear time-history analysis of the prototype structure was carried out. The dynamic characteristics, base shear force, lateral deformation capacity, stiffness deterioration and damage characteristics were investigated. Despite the structural complexity and irregularity, both experimental and numerical results indicate that the overall seismic performance of this steel–concrete hybrid supporting structure meets the seismic design requirements with respect to the high-intensity earthquakes. View Full-Text
Keywords: hybrid structure; thermal power plant (TPP); seismic performance; pseudo-dynamic test; numerical modeling hybrid structure; thermal power plant (TPP); seismic performance; pseudo-dynamic test; numerical modeling
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Wang, B.; Wu, T.; Dai, H.; Bai, G. Numerical Study on the Seismic Performance of a Steel–Concrete Hybrid Supporting Structure in Thermal Power Plants. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 294.

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