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Loss Assessment of Memphis Buildings

Edited by D.P.Abrams and M.Shinozuka

NCEER-97-0018 | 12/31/1997 | 264 pages

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Keywords: Loss Assessment of Memphis Buildings (LAMB). Memphis, Tennessee. New Madrid seismic zone. Central United States. Seismic risk assessment. Existing buildings. Building stock. Ground motion simulation. Loss estimation. Fragility curves. Artificial accelerograms. Ground shaking estimates. Reinforced concrete buildings. Unreinforced masonry buildings. Nonlinear response analysis.

Abstract: NCEER's Loss Assessment of Memphis Buildings (LAMB) project attempted to integrate research from various disciplines to estimate probable losses resulting from damage to concrete and masonry buildings in Memphis. Synthetic earthquake motions were created by seismologists and used with nonlinear structural models provided by structural engineering researchers to generate sets of fragility curves for these building types. Losses were then assessed by socio-economic researchers who applied damage probabilities and repair cost models to estimated inventories of concrete and masonry buildings. The overall purpose of the exercise was to develop a standard methodology that could be applied to other building types in other geographical regions. This report presents a collection of chapters that summarize individual tasks of the Loss Assessment of Memphis Buildings (LAMB) project. Each chapter was written independently by the respective researcher(s) responsible for: 1) building inventory; 2) ground motion simulation; 3) modeling response of concrete or masonry buildings; 4) development of fragility curves; and 5) estimating losses. (Authors' abstract).