Evaluation of Lateral Force Procedures for Buildings

by G. Fenves

Fenves, G. (1990). Evaluation of Lateral Force Procedures for Buildings. SMIP 1990 Seminar on Seismological and Engineering Implications of Recent Strong-Motion Data, p. 6-1 - 6-10.

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The recent edition of building codes for earthquake resistant design specify a dynamic analysis procedure for computing lateral forces on buildings with irregular plan or vertical irregularities. This paper presents the use of the instrumented response of two buildings to strong ground motion for determining vibration properties and distribution of lateral forces. The two buildings were selected for the irregular features in their configuration, and the results illustrate the difference in lateral force distribution for type of building and amplitude of earthquake response.