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Critical Excitation Methods in Earthquake Engineering

Since the occurrence of earthquakes and their properties are very uncertain even with the present knowledge, it is too difficult to define reasonable design ground motions especially for important buildings. In the seismic resistant design of building structures, the concept of ‘performance-based design’ has become a new paradigm guaranteeing the maximum satisfaction of building owners. The quality and reliability of the performance-based design certainly depend on the scientific rationality of design ground motions. In order to overcome this problem, a new paradigm has to be posed. To the author’s knowledge, the concept of 'critical excitation' and the structural design based upon this concept can become one of such new paradigms. This book introduces a new probabilistic and energy-based critical excitation approach to overcome several problems in the scientific and rational modelling of ground motions. The author hopes that this book will help the development of new seismic-resistant design methods of buildings for such unpredicted or unpredictable ground motions.

Audience
This book is aimed at Structural Engineers, Structural Designers, Earthquake Engineers and Researchers.

Hardbound, 296 Pages

Published: December 2006

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-045309-5

Contents

  • Preface
    Chapter 1. Overview of seismic critical excitation method
    Chapter 2. Critical excitation for stationary and non-stationary random inputs
    Chapter 3. Critical excitation for non-proportionally damped structural systems
    Chapter 4. Critical excitation for acceleration response
    Chapter 5. Critical excitation for elastic-plastic response
    Chapter 6. Critical envelope function for non-stationary random earthquake input
    Chapter 7. Robust stiffness design for structure-dependent critical excitation
    Chapter 8. Critical excitation for earthquake energy input in SDOF system
    Chapter 9. Critical excitation for earthquake energy input in MDOF system
    Chapter 10. Critical excitation for earthquake energy input in soil-structure interaction system
    Chapter 11. Critical excitation for earthquake energy input in structure-pile-soil system
    Chapter 12. Critical excitation for earthquake energy input rate

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