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Study on inelastic displacement ratio spectra for near-fault pulse-type ground motions

Zhai Changhai (翟长海)1, Li Shuang (李爽)1‡, Xie Lili (谢礼立)1,2, and Sun Yamin (孙亚民)1

  1. School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
  2. Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration, Harbin 150080, China

Abstract: In displacement-based seismic design, inelastic displacement ratio spectra (IDRS) are particularly useful for estimating the maximum lateral inelastic displacement demand of a nonlinear SDOF system from the maximum elastic displacement demand of its counterpart linear elastic SDOF system. In this study, the characteristics of IDRS for near-fault pulse-type ground motions are investigated based on a great number of earthquake ground motions. The influence of site conditions, ratio of peak ground velocity (PGV) to peak ground acceleration (PGA), the PGV, and the maximum incremental velocity (MIV) on IDRS are also evaluated. The results indicate that the effect of near-fault ground motions on IDRS are significant only at periods between 0.2 s - 1.5 s, where the amplification can approach 20%. The PGV/PGA ratio has the most significant influence on IDRS among the parameters considered. It is also found that site conditions only slightly affect the IDRS.

Keywords: near-fault pulse-type ground motion; inelastic displacement ratio spectrum; ground motion parameter; PGV/PGA; site condition


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