The Direct Displacement-Based Design (DDBD) method has become a popular seismic design tool for structures. It takes drift as the performance criterion while designing structures. This method overcomes the shortcomings of the traditional force-based seismic design method, which considers peak force as the design parameter. In terms of structural damage, deflection is a better indicator, and hence, DDBD is a more acceptable method for seismic design. In this paper, a 12-story RC frame building with supplemental damping has been designed and investigated using a direct procedure of calculation, while considering the displacement-based design method. The performance of building with and without viscous dampers for a particular performance level has been compared. The effects of the non-linearity of dampers have also been discussed, and the effect of constant and story proportional drift proportional damper forces have been investigated. The results of various cases have been compared. It has been found that drift proportional story shear proportional carried damper design leads to construction economy.
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