Thoughts on a Different Approach to Seismic Design Codes

by Oscar de Buen, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Mexico Earthquakes—1985: Factors Involved and Lessons Learned


The aim of this paper is to show that some of the principles on which conventional structural design is based are not directly applicable to seismic design. Seismic design, and the corresponding design codes, have to incorporate new indexes of comparison based on structural behavior under real earthquakes. Specifically, lessons about structural behavior learned as a consequence of 1985 Mexico earthquakes must be incorporated in our seismic design codes.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Seismic tests | Standards and codes | Dynamic structural analysis | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural behavior | Load and resistance factor design | Earthquakes | Mexico

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