Seismic Design Input for Secondary Systems

by Mahendra P. Singh, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Engrg. Sci. and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 505-517

Document Type: Journal Paper


Acceleration floor spectra curves are commonly used as seismic design inputs for light equipment and other secondary systems. Earlier the writer had presented a method for generation of floor spectra directly from prescribed ground spectra. Further complementary developments in this method are made. These are: (1)The development of the method for generation of floor spectra at structural frequencies (an important resonance case); and (2)evaluation of nonstationarity of earthquake motions on floor spectra curves. Also, some approximations made in earlier work are further evaluated. As a result of these developments and evaluations, a comprehensive procedure based on stochastic principles is presented in the paper for definition of seismic design inputs for secondary systems. This procedure avoids the use of often used and recently criticized spectrum-consistent time history as seismic input for generation of floor spectra curves.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Floors | Curvature | Seismic tests | Equipment and machinery | Light (artificial) | Resonance | Earthquakes

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