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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 15, Number 1, July 2018, pages 045-65

Performance-based earthquake engineering in a lower-seismicity region: South Korea
Han-Seon Lee and Ki-Hyun Jeong

    Over the last three decades, Performance-based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE) has been mainly developed for high seismicity regions. Although information is abundant for PBEE throughout the world, the application of PBEE to lower-seismicity regions, such as those where the magnitude of the maximum considered earthquake (MCE) is less than 6.5, is not always straightforward because some portions of PBEE may not be appropriate for such regions due to geological differences between high- and low-seismicity regions. This paper presents a brief review of state-of-art PBEE methodologies and introduces the seismic hazard of lower-seismicity regions, including those of the Korean Peninsula, with their unique characteristics. With this seismic hazard, representative low-rise RC MRF structures and high-rise RC wall residential structures are evaluated using PBEE. Also, the range of the forces and deformations of the representative building structures under the design earthquake (DE) and the MCE of South Korea are presented. These reviews are used to propose some ideas to improve the practice of state-of-art PBEE in lower-seismicity regions.
Key Words
    performance-based earthquake engineering; lower-seismicity regions; Korean Peninsula
Han-Seon Lee and Ki-Hyun Jeong: School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea

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