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Building Vibration Characteristics From Recorded Data

by G.C. Pardoen

Pardoen, G.C. (1989). Building Vibration Characteristics From Recorded Data. SMIP 89 Seminar on Seismological and Engineering Implications of Recent Strong-Motion Data, p. 9-1 - 9-10.

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Abstract

This research project is devoted to interpreting the earthquake time history response records of three buildings that experienced strong motion during two recent Southern California temblors. The earthquake response interpretation has been aided by the information obtained from the ambient vibration tests of these buildings as well as developing a linear finite element model of each structural system. In addition some cursory building response results have been gleaned from the spreadsheet analyses of these earthquake records. The buildings and the earthquake records include:

a.)

Palm Springs Desert Hospital - Roof level excitation of 0.62g was recorded during the 8 July 1986 Palm Springs earthquake.

b.)

Burbank Pacific Manor - Roof level excitation of 0.54g was recorded during the 1 October 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.

c.)

UCLA Math-Science Building - Roof level excitation of 0.l4g was recorded during the 1 October 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. >/p>