Among all the possible options to define the seismic input for structural analysis, natural recordings are emerging as the most attractive. Easily accessible waveform databases are available and evidence shows that only a relatively limited number of criteria has to be considered in selection and scaling to get an unbiased estimation of seismic demand. Like many codes worldwide, Eurocode 8 (EC8) allows the use of real ground-motion records for the seismic assessment of structures. The main condition to be satisfied by the chosen set is that the average elastic spectrum does not underestimate the code spectrum, with a 10% tolerance, in a broad range of periods depending on the structure's dynamic properties. The EC8 prescriptions seem to favour the use of spectrum-matching records, obtained either by simulation or manipulation of real records. The study presented herein investigates the European Strong-Motion Database with the purpose of assessing whether it is possible to find real accelerogram sets complying with the EC8 spectra, while accounting for additional constraints believed to matter in the seismic assessment of buildings, as suggested by the current best practice. Original (un-scaled) accelerogram sets matching EC8 criteria were found, for the case of one-component (P-type) and spatial sets (S-type), for the spectra anchored to the Italian peak acceleration values. The average spectra for these sets tend to be as close as possible to the code spectrum. Other sets, requiring scaling, have been found to match the non dimensional (country-independent) EC8 spectral shape. These sets have also the benefit of reducing, in respect to the un-scaled sets, the record-to-record variability of spectra. Combinations referring to soft soil, stiff soil, and rock are presented here and are available on the internet at http://www.reluis.it/.
|Titolo:||Eurocode 8 compliant real record sets for seismic analysis of structures|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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