Maximum Structural Response to Seismic Excitations

by Masanobu Shinozuka, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 5, Pg. 729-738

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method is presented by which a least favorable structural response can be estimated to the excitation of nondeterministic nature such as earthquake acceleration. Under the assumption that a fair amount of information on the modulus of the Fourier transform of the excitation makes it possible to select an envelope of the modulus, the present approach estiamtes a least favorable structural response smaller than that based on a selected value of the total energy of the excitation. A probabilistic aspect of such an approach is also analyzed.

Subject Headings: Structural response | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Excitation (physics) | Earthquakes | Fourier analysis | Building envelope | Probability

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