This article attempts to define pinching of two structural joints, reinforced concrete (RC) and wood ones. In particular, the research outlines differences and analogies between pinching of an RC portal and a Light Timber Frame (LTF) wall. This is done by focusing on the concavity of pinching in their response under repeated cycles, which produces differences in the energy dissipation. The response of the two structural archetypes under pseudo-static and dynamic simulations is analysed using the Atan hysteresis model modification. The truncated incremental dynamic analysis (TIDA) of the two systems modelled as single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) oscillators yielded the fragility curves, approximated by a lognormal cumulative distribution (CDF). The stability of RC under repeated cycles reveals its significant resilience compared to LTF structures. The examination of the fragility functions supports a discussion about the relation between the pinching concavity and the notion of structural resilience by introducing a robustness index ranging from 0 to 1. Ultimately, a parametric analysis of a fictitious structural system derived from the timber one by varying the concavity of the pinching path leads to the estimation of the robustness index as a function of the pinching concavity.
Aloisio, A., Pelliciari, M., Bergami, A.V., Alaggio, R., Briseghella, B., & Fragiacomo, M. (2022). Effect of pinching on structural resilience: performance of reinforced concrete and timber structures under repeated cycles. STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, 1-17 [10.1080/15732479.2022.2053551].