Across many parts of the world, buildings are constructed in areas subject to seismic activity. In these areas, unless buildings are designed to resist forces resulting from earthquakes, significant structural damage or complete collapse may occur.
The use of structural steel as the primary structural material allows designers to take advantage of the lower mass of steel buildings and the ability of the material to deform plastically and absorb energy while doing so. Energy absorbing components can also easily be incorporated into a structural steel solution.
The key advantages of deploying steel-framed buildings in seismic areas:
- The ductility of steel and steel frames
- The flexibility and low weight of steel buildings
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