Earthquake Loads & Earthquake Resistant Design of Buildings
Earthquake Design - A Conceptual Review
Earthquake Resisting Performance Expectations
Key Material Parameters for Effective Earthquake Resistant Design
Earthquake Design Level Ground Motion
Elastic Response Spectra
Derivation of Ductile Design Response Spectra
Analysis and Earthquake Resistant Design Principles
The Basic Principles of Earthquake Resistant Design
Controls of the Analysis Procedure
The Conventional' Earthquake Design Procedure
The Capacity Design Philosophy for Earthquake Resistance
The Implications of Capacity Design
Earthquake Resistant Structural Systems
Moment Resisting Frames:
The Importance & Implications of Structural Regularity
Methods of Analysis
Integrated Time History Analysis
Equivalent Static Analysis
Trends and Future Directions
The primary objective of earthquake resistant design is to prevent building collapse during earthquakes thus minimising the risk of death or injury to people in or around those buildings. Because damaging earthquakes are rare, economics dictate that damage to buildings is expected and acceptable provided collapse is avoided. Earthquake forces are generated by the inertia of buildings as they dynamically respond to ground motion. The dynamic nature of the response makes earthquake loadings markedly different from other building loads. Designer temptation to consider earthquakes as a very strong wind' is a trap that must be avoided since the dynamic characteristics of the building are fundamental to the structural response and thus the earthquake induced actions are able to be mitigated by design. The concept of dynamic considerations of buildings is one which sometimes generates unease and uncertainty within the designer. Although this is understandable, and a common characteristic of any new challenge, it is usually misplaced. Effective earthquake design methodologies can be, and usually are, easily simplified without detracting from the effectiveness of the design. Indeed the high level of uncertainty relating to the ground motion generated by earthquakes seldom justifies the often used complex analysis techniques nor the high level of design sophistication often employed. A good earthquake engineering design is one where the designer takes control of the building by dictating how the building is to respond. This can be achieved by selection of the preferred response mode, selecting zones where inelastic deformations are acceptable and suppressing the development of undesirable response modes which could lead to building collapse. 2.
Earthquake Design - A Conceptual Review
Modern earthquake design has its genesis in the 1920's and 1930's. At that time earthquake design typically involved the application of 10% of the building weight as a lateral force on the structure, applied uniformly up the height of the building. Indeed it was not until the 1960's that strong ground motion accelerographs became more generally available. These instruments record the ground motion generated by earthquakes. When used in conjunction with strong motion recording devices which were able to be installed at different levels within buildings themselves, it became possible to measure and understand the dynamic response of buildings when they were subjected to real earthquake induced ground motion. By using actual earthquake motion records as input to the, then, recently developed inelastic integrated time history analysis packages, it became apparent...
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