Interdependence of Dynamic Analysis and Experiment

by V. V. Bertero, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,
Ray W. Clough, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


This paper emphasizes the importance of experimental research to the development of reliable analytical methods for predicting the behavior of structures subjected to static or dynamic loads. Emphasis is placed on the essential part played by experiments in developing analytical procedures for evaluating the nonlinear response of buildings to severe earthquake motions. The special problems associated with earthquake response analysis are mentioned. The U. S. -Japan Cooperative Earthquake Research Project involving study of a seven story reinforced concrete shear-wall frame building is presented to illustrate the interrelationship between analysis and experiment in this field. Finally, conclusions are drawn about the expected earthquake performance of code designed RC buildings.

Subject Headings: Dynamic analysis | Load tests | Structural reliability | Dynamic structural analysis | Static structural analysis | Field tests | Concrete structures | Earthquake resistant structures

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