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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 9, Number 3, September 2015 , pages 673-698

On the improvement of inelastic displacement demands for near-fault ground motions considering various faulting mechanisms
A. Esfahanian and A.A. Aghakouchak

    This paper investigates inelastic seismic demands of the normal component of near-fault pulselike ground motions, which differ considerably from those of far-fault ground motions and also parallel component of near-fault ones. The results are utilized to improve the nonlinear static procedure (NSP) called Displacement Coefficient Method (DCM). 96 near-fault and 20 far-fault ground motions and the responses of various single degree of freedom (SDOF) systems constitute the dataset. Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis (NDA) is utilized as the benchmark for comparison with nonlinear static analysis results. Considerable influences of different faulting mechanisms are observed on inelastic seismic demands. The demands are functions of the strength ratio and also the pulse period to structural period ratio. Simple mathematical expressions are developed to consider the effects of near-fault motion and fault type on nonlinear responses. Modifications are presented for the DCM by introducing a near-fault modification factor, CN. In locations, where the fault type is known, the modifications proposed in this paper help to obtain a more precise estimate of seismic demands in structures.
Key Words
    forward directivity; pulse-like ground motion; near-fault earthquakes; nonlinear static procedure; displacement coefficient method; inelastic displacement ra
A. Esfahanian and A.A. Aghakouchak: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 11365-9313, Tehran, Iran

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