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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 240952, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/240952
Research Article

Performance-Based Seismic Design of Steel Frames Utilizing Colliding Bodies Algorithm

1Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
2The Research Center of Optimization and Engineering, Tabriz, Iran

Received 23 July 2014; Revised 4 August 2014; Accepted 4 August 2014; Published 14 August 2014

Academic Editor: Siamak Talatahari

Copyright © 2014 H. Veladi. 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.

Abstract

A pushover analysis method based on semirigid connection concept is developed and the colliding bodies optimization algorithm is employed to find optimum seismic design of frame structures. Two numerical examples from the literature are studied. The results of the new algorithm are compared to the conventional design methods to show the power or weakness of the algorithm.