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Analysis of Strong Motion Records From Non-Ductile Concrete Moment Frame Buildings

by David Bleiman, Simon Kim and Ma-Chi Chen

Bleiman, David, Simon Kim and Ma-Chi Chen (1994). Analysis of Strong Motion Records From Non-Ductile Concrete Moment Frame Buildings. SMIP94 Seminar on Seismological and Engineering Implications of Recent Strong-Motion Data, p. 35 - 48.

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Abstract

The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program has obtained significant records of earthquake motions of non-ductile concrete moment frames in Southern California. This research was performed to verify or develop methods for better understanding and prediction of the seismic performance of these buildings.

Three dimensional models of non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings were developed to test a variety of analytic techniques and materials assumptions against the recorded data. Linear elastic models which explicitly account for the stiffness contribution of diaphragms, in addition to the building frames, provided fairly accurate prediction for the low to moderate levels of earthquake motions.