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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 15, Number 1, July 2018, pages 9-17

Recommended seismic performance requirements for building structures in Hong Kong
Hing-Ho Tsang

    This paper provides recommendations for setting performance requirements for the seismic design of building structures in Hong Kong. Fundamental issues relating to the required level of structural safety will be addressed, which is then followed with a recommended seismic action model for structural design purposes in Hong Kong. The choice of suitable performance criteria of structures and the return period of the design seismic actions are first discussed. The development of the seismic hazard model for Hong Kong is then reviewed. The determination of the design response spectrum and the choice of design parameters for structures of different importance classes will also be presented.
Key Words
    seismic design; building structures; performance requirements; response spectrum; return period
Hing-Ho Tsang: Department of Civil & Construction Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia (formerly with The University of Hong Kong)

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