Department of Civil engineering, Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad university, Qazvin, Iran.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad university, Tehran, Iran
Irregular buildings make up a large portion of urban infrastructure. Presence of irregularities can be due to architectural and user changes in building stories. Main objective of this article is evaluate seismic performance of structures with vertical irregularities. Seismic responses are obtained by enveloping peak inelastic responses resulting from pushover analyses according to provided pattern in ASCE/SEI 41-06 standard. To verify and appraise procedure, it is applied to 10, 15, and 20-storey models with irregular distribution of mass, stiffness and strength along height. Results from the pushover procedure are compared with results obtained by nonlinear response history analysis (NL-RHA). Results of research reveal that seismic response of building structures is more sensitive to stiffness irregularities than to mass irregularities and strength irregularities. Nonlinear static procedure that proposed in standard can predict to a reasonable accuracy peak inelastic responses, such as plastic rotations of hinges, story drifts and shear stories in vertically irregular structures