Seismic damage evaluation for low-rise RC school buildings in Taiwan

Yi-Hsuan Tu, Pei Lin Yeh, Tzu Wei Liu, Wen Yu Jean

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Abstract

Earthquake damage is not only a disaster, but also an examination for the present structure engineering technique and a lesson for the future one. By collecting and investigating damage data, the correlation between ground motion and damage can be established directly and applied to earthquake loss estimation and hazard mitigation. ATC-13 report presented a methodology that has been widely used for estimating damage/loss caused by earthquake and collateral hazards. The major procedure includes facility classification, selection of ground motion characterization, and damage estimates for different types of structures under specific ground shaking intensity. Mostly the motion-damage relationship developed by using investigated damage data during a past earthquake is in the form of vulnerability function, also termed fragility curve. It predicts the probability of reaching or exceeding specific damage state for a category of buildings with given earthquake intensity. The vulnerability functions are feasible for damage loss estimate in a large region, such as a city or a state, yet scatter caused by insufficiency of detail in structure classification exists generally. The applicability of the functions to regions outside the area where it is originally developed is unclear as well. Seismic evaluation that concerns about localized structural behavior and ground motion characteristics is utilized to establish the motion-damage relationship for individual buildings. While detailed information and complicated calculation are required, higher accuracy and applicability may be expected. Vulnerability functions can also be developed by performing seismic evaluation procedure on representative type of model buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 Structures Congress - Don't Mess with Structural Engineers
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Our Role
Pages1347-1356
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 14
Event2009 Structures Congress - Don't Mess with Structural Engineers: Expanding Our Role - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 2009 Apr 302009 May 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2009 Structures Congress - Don't Mess with Structural Engineers: Expanding Our Role

Other

Other2009 Structures Congress - Don't Mess with Structural Engineers: Expanding Our Role
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period09-04-3009-05-02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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