Evaluation of a recently proposed record selection and scaling procedure for low-rise to mid-rise reinforced concrete buildings and its use for probabilistic risk assessment studies


EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING & STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS, vol.43, no.6, pp.889-908, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/eqe.2378
  • Page Numbers: pp.889-908
  • Keywords: linear and nonlinear structural response, record selection and scaling, probability-based damage assessment, probability-based risk assessment, fragility functions, GROUND-MOTION SELECTION, SPECTRAL ACCELERATIONS, DISPLACEMENT, DESIGN, EARTHQUAKES, PREDICTION, DEMANDS, SYSTEMS, ALGORITHMS, EUROPE


This paper evaluates a recent record selection and scaling procedure of the authors that can determine the probabilistic structural response of buildings behaving either in the elastic or post-elastic range. This feature marks a significant strength on the procedure as the probabilistic structural response distribution conveys important information on probability-based damage assessment. The paper presents case studies that show the utilization of the proposed record selection and scaling procedure as a tool for the estimation of damage states and derivation of site-specific and region-specific fragility functions. The method can be used to describe exceedance probabilities of damage limits under a certain target hazard level with known annual exceedance rate (via probabilistic seismic hazard assessment). Thus, the resulting fragility models can relate the seismicity of the region (or a site) with the resulting building performance in a more accurate manner. Under this context, this simple and computationally efficient record selection and scaling procedure can be benefitted significantly by probability-based risk assessment methods that have started to be considered as indispensable for developing robust earthquake loss models. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.