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Title: Modelling of connections and lateral behavior of high-rise modular steel buildings
Authors: Chua Yie Sue 
Liew Richard Jat Yuen 
Pang Sze Dai 
Keywords: Floor diaphragm
Global sway
Inter-module connection
Modular building
Volumetric construction
Issue Date: Mar-2020
Citation: Chua Yie Sue, Liew Richard Jat Yuen, Pang Sze Dai (2020-03). Modelling of connections and lateral behavior of high-rise modular steel buildings. Journal of Constructional Steel Research 166 : 105901. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), which is a form of modular construction, has been promoted recently for high-rise buildings to raise construction productivity. The flexibility of the inter-module connections and discontinuity of floor slabs of individual modules need to be modelled correctly in the structural analysis since they have direct effect on the building stiffness and its corresponding responses under lateral loads. In this paper, translational spring models are proposed to model the load transfer behavior of the vertical modules connections which are crucial for the structural behavior of high-rise modular buildings. The accuracy of the proposed spring models is investigated by comparing the force distribution and load displacement behavior of modular braced frames with conventional frame model established based on assumptions that the beams are either pin or rigidity connected to the columns. To enhance the productivity and work efficiency of high-rise modular construction, the feasibility of connecting the modules at the corners rather than tying the abutting beams or slabs is proposed. A more realistic approach of modelling the floor slab consisting of multiple modules inter-connected at the corners is recommended. The effectiveness of the corner connected modules in transferring the horizontal forces to the building's lateral load resisting systems is evaluated. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
Source Title: Journal of Constructional Steel Research
ISSN: 0143-974X
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2019.105901
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