Seismic Safety Assessment

  • Erik H. Vanmarcke
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 225)


The emphasis in these notes is on the use of random vibration analyses to predict the response of structures to earthquake ground motion. Random vibration analysis has as its aim the prediction of the probability distribution of a dynamic response parameter of interest in terms of the dynamic properties of the structure and a statistical description of the earthquake. The most convenient ground motion representation for this purpose is in terms of a spectral density function and an equivalent duration of strong-motion shaking. This representation is discussed in detail in Section 3 of these notes.


Ground Motion Peak Ground Acceleration Response Spectrum Seismic Response Spectral Density Function 
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  • Erik H. Vanmarcke
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  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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