The applications of Sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 have caused some confusion, and we hope that this Code Simple will clear things up.
Section 184.108.40.206 states that for seismic design category (SDC) D-F buildings having listed irregularities, the design forces determined from the equivalent lateral force procedure of Section 12.8.1 must be increased 25 percent for connections of diaphragms to vertical elements and to collectors, and for connections of collectors to the vertical elements of the seismic force-resisting system. The listed irregularities are: torsional irregularity, extreme torsional irregularity, re-entrant corners, diaphragm discontinuity, out-of-plane offsets of the vertical lateral force-resisting elements (Horizontal Structural Irregularity Type 1a, 1b, 2, 3, or 4 of ASCE 7-05 Table 12.3-1) and in-plane discontinuity in vertical lateral force-resisting elements (Vertical Structural Irregularity Type 4, ASCE 7-05 Table 12.3-2). with overstrength apply, no further increase is warranted.”
The primary source of confusion has been the last sentence of Section 220.127.116.11, which states that collectors and their connections should also be designed for the increased forces, unless they are designed for the seismic load combinations with overstrength factor in accordance with Section 18.104.22.168. Section 22.214.171.124 requires collector elements and their connections to be designed to resist load combinations with overstrength factor in structures assigned to SDC C-F.
The question that is asked by engineers is: For the design of collectors and their connections, doesn’t Section 126.96.36.199 always govern and therefore Section 188.8.131.52 won’t apply? In order to answer this question, it is helpful to summarize Sections 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 as follows:
|ASCE 7-05 Section 18.104.22.168
(25 percent increase in design force)
|ASCE 7-05 Section 22.214.171.124
(design using load combinations with overstrength factor)
|Applicable to:||Applicable to:|
In cases where both sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 apply, there is no point in using Section 184.108.40.206 for the design of collectors and their connections because Section 220.127.116.11 is more restrictive. It should be apparent from the table that there is no situation covered by Section 18.104.22.168 that isn’t already covered by Section 22.214.171.124.
Please note that Section 126.96.36.199 has been improved in ASCE 7-10. The new language corrects the incorrect reference to the equivalent lateral force base shear in ASCE 7-05 Section 12.8.1 (and, by implication, the corresponding vertical distribution) and refers to the diaphragm design force in ASCE 7-10 Section 188.8.131.52 instead. Also, a part of the last sentence is deleted and replaced with the following:
EXCEPTION: Forces calculated using the seismic load effects including overstrength factor of Section 12.4.3 need not be increased.
This change in ASCE 7-10 makes the intent of the provision in ASCE 7-05 clearer.
Another question that is asked regarding these two sections is: Section 184.108.40.206 has an exception applying to light-frame construction. Can that exception be carried over when applying Section 220.127.116.11?
No. There really is no exception to Section 18.104.22.168. This section addresses a potentially weak link in SDC D-F structures having the irregularities specifically identified in the section. Section 22.214.171.124 does refer to Section 126.96.36.199, but that doesn’t mean the exception to Section 188.8.131.52 applies to Section 184.108.40.206. The exception to Section 220.127.116.11 would need to be repeated in Section 18.104.22.168 in order for it to be applicable. If your structure is assigned to SDC D-F, is of light-frame construction, and has one of those irregularities listed in Section 22.214.171.124, the collectors and their connections need to be designed for either 1) design forces increased by 25 percent, or 2) forces given by Section 126.96.36.199 load combinations with overstrength factor.
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