New Views for Modeling Dynamic Response of URM Buildings

by Daniel P. Abrams, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, United States,
Arturo Tena-Colunga, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


Various computational models are used to depict seismic response of an unreinforced masonry building that was subjected to the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The worthiness of various analytical approaches are viewed through correlations between computations and observed dynamic response of the building. The subject structure is a two-story, firehouse located within 15 km of the epicenter of Loma Prieta. The historical building was constructed of clay brick masonry bearing walls, and timber floor and roof systems.

Subject Headings: Dynamic models | Masonry | Dynamic response | Structural dynamics | Computer models | Earthquake resistant structures | Wood structures | Earthquakes

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