Although the author is well aware that it is nothing special, presented here is the method that he uses to design the columns of a seismic resistant reinforced concrete structure, in hopes that this could be of use to someone. The method, which is directed at satisfying the capacity design requirements without excessively large sections, consists of proportioning the column so that the seismic action effects shall be resisted by the maximum of the bending moment–axial force interaction curve. That design condition is defined by two equations whose solution provides the optimal aspect ratio (or, alternatively, the optimal section side length) and the maximum feasible reinforcement ratio. The method can be used directly to determine the optimal column for given beam spans and vertical loads, or indirectly to determine the optimal beam spans and vertical loads for given cross-sectional dimensions. The paper presents the method, including its proof, and some applications together with the analysis on the optimality of the obtained solutions. The method is intended especially for the practicing structural engineer, though it may also be useful for educators, students, and building officials.

### Optimal Design of Seismic Resistant RC Columns

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Although the author is well aware that it is nothing special, presented here is the method that he uses to design the columns of a seismic resistant reinforced concrete structure, in hopes that this could be of use to someone. The method, which is directed at satisfying the capacity design requirements without excessively large sections, consists of proportioning the column so that the seismic action effects shall be resisted by the maximum of the bending moment–axial force interaction curve. That design condition is defined by two equations whose solution provides the optimal aspect ratio (or, alternatively, the optimal section side length) and the maximum feasible reinforcement ratio. The method can be used directly to determine the optimal column for given beam spans and vertical loads, or indirectly to determine the optimal beam spans and vertical loads for given cross-sectional dimensions. The paper presents the method, including its proof, and some applications together with the analysis on the optimality of the obtained solutions. The method is intended especially for the practicing structural engineer, though it may also be useful for educators, students, and building officials.
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