WIT Press


Performance-based Seismic Design Criteria For Historic Buildings

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR030491

Volume

66

Pages

8

Published

2003

Size

463.20 kb

Author(s)

S. E. Thomasen

Abstract

Performance-based seismic design criteria for historic buildings S. E. Thomasen Aflliated Consultant Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Emeryville, California, USA Abstract Seismic design procedures have historically been developed by engineers from observations of the behavior of real buildings and structures when subjected to destructive earthquakes. Prescriptive requirements, based on features observed to result in good performance, were developed after each damaging earthquake. This knowledge was supplemented by a systematic process of improving our basic understanding of earthquakes and our ability to characterize and predict the effects of earthquakes and the response of structures. The ordinary objective of seismic stabilization of historic buildings in earthquake regions has always been the protection of life safety and prevention of collapse of the structure. Recent years have seen the introduction of many new concepts and technological advances in the field of seismic design, in

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