Damage-based inelastic response spectra for seismic design incorporating performance considerations

Yong Lu, Jianwu Wei

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Abstract / Description of output

Modern seismic design allows a structure to develop inelastic response during moderate to severe earthquakes. The emerging performance-based design requires more clearly defined levels of inelastic response, or damage, to be targeted for different earthquake hazard levels. While there are a range of factors that could influence the level of damage and hence the performance, the design strength remains to be a fundamental design parameter that is inherently related to the structural performance. In this paper, the response reduction factor, which is a normalized form of the design strength, is investigated on a direct damage basis. The implications of the damage-based strength reduction factor (SRF), denoted as R-D factor, on multiple performance targets are discussed. A series of R-D spectra are generated from a large set of ground motions in different groupings to examine the effects of local site condition, earthquake magnitude and distance to rupture on the R-D spectra. The overall mean and standard deviation of the R-D spectra for different levels of damage are obtained, and simple empirical formulas are proposed. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-549
Number of pages14
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • earthquake ground motions
  • inelastic response spectra
  • response reduction factor
  • damage index
  • structural performance
  • performance-based design


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