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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 506319, 12 pages
Research Article

The Influence of Infill Wall Topology and Seismic Characteristics on the Response and Damage Distribution in Frame Structures

School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3AH, UK

Received 9 August 2013; Revised 5 November 2013; Accepted 6 November 2013

Academic Editor: Anaxagoras Elenas

Copyright © 2013 Nikos Nanos and David Begg. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper identifies the effects of infill wall existence and arrangement in the seismic response of frame structures utilising the global structural damage index after Park/Ang ( ) and the maximum interstorey drift ratio (MISDR) to express structural seismic response. Five different infill wall topologies of a 10-storey frame structure have been selected and analysed presenting an improved damage distribution model for infill wall bearing frames, hence promoting the use of nonstructural elements as a means of improving frame structural seismic behaviour and highlighting important aspects of structural response, demonstrating the suitability of such element implementation beyond their intended architectural scope.