Development of an Improved Rapid Seismic Analysis Procedureby P. A. Brady, U.S. Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, United States,
S. Pazargadi, U.S. Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, United States,
G. Al-Chaar, U.S. Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, Champaign, United States,
Abstract: New developments in computer capabilities and lessons learned from recent earthquakes have facilitated improvement of the Rapid Seismic Analysis Procedure (RSAP) currently specified in the military Tri-Service manual Army TM 5-809-10-2, 'Seismic Design Guidelines for Upgrading Existing Buildings.' The improved method incorporates concepts suggested in the 'NEHRP Handbook for Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings' as well as more accurate means of assessing the building elastic and post-elastic capacity. It will be an extremely valuable tool in both the public and private sectors for reducing the inventory of seismically hazardous buildings, thereby allowing owners to focus limited resources on upgrading the most vulnerable facilities.
Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Building design | Seismic design | Seismic effects | Public health and safety | Earthquake resistant structures | Earthquakes | Elastic analysis
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