Development of declustered processed earthquake accelerogram database for the Iranian Plateau: including near-field record categorization

  • Ali KhansefidEmail author
  • Ali Bakhshi
  • Anooshiravan Ansari
Original Article


In this paper, a comprehensive accelerogram database of the Iranian plateau containing 3585 data with all three components is gathered. The raw data are processed by the wavelet-based denoising method, and results are compared with the contaminated data. All the data are classified into mainshock and aftershock categories using the time and spatial window method. Afterward, the data are categorized into the pulse-like and non-pulse-like events based on the detection of velocity pulse in any of horizontal and/or vertical directions. Eventually, among 3585 data, the ones with an average shear wave velocity of top 30 m of subsurface soil profile are selected and their important ground motion parameters such as peak ground acceleration, velocity, and displacement, Arias intensity, ground motion duration, and acceleration response spectra are studied. It is observed that the intensity of vertical component of the accelerograms is almost at the same level as the strong horizontal direction or even more, in some cases. Near-field events cause more severe responses than far-field earthquakes. Generally, the mainshocks responses are slightly tougher than the aftershocks. By comparing the acceleration response spectra of the accelerograms with the ones obtained from the building design codes, the necessity of revising the existing standard spectra is revealed for considering the effects of mainshocks, aftershocks, near-field effects, as well as separate vertical component of the ground motions directly. Finally, the presented database, as a powerful tool, will give an interesting opportunity to the scientists and engineers who are enthusiastic to work on the Iranian plateau accelerograms.


Accelerogram Aftershock Database Accelerogram processing Mainshock Pulse-like record 



The authors express sincere gratitude from the Building and Housing Research Center of Iran as well as the Research and Technology Deputy of the Sharif University of Technology for their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringSharif University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and SeismologyTehranIran

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