Some Significant Records from Instrumented Structures in California—USGS Program

by M. Çelebi, US Geological Survey, United States,
E. Şafak, US Geological Survey, United States,
R. Maley, US Geological Survey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


The main objective in seismic instrumentation of structures is to facilitate response studies that lead to improved understanding of the dynamic behavior and the potential for damage to structures under seismic loading. The purpose of this paper is: (1) to review the status of the programs for strong-motion instrumentation of structures in the United States and discuss various procedures and instrumentation schemes designed to best acquire response data from buildings and (2) to discuss preliminary results derived from recorded response data obtained from a well-instrumented structure during the recent Whittier Narrows earthquake of October 1, 1987 (M3 = 5.6).

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Building design | Seismic loads | Seismic tests | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural response | Structural analysis | Information management | United States

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