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    A “Three-index” Seismic Performance Evaluation Method Based on Sino-US Seismic Code

    Hui Wang1,*, Shuqi Wan2

    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.12, No.3, pp. 149-167, 2018, DOI: 10.3970/sdhm.2018.03928

    Abstract The Code for Seismic Design of Buildings (GB50011-2010) in 2016 and the method of seismic performance-based design for high-rise buildings in the Guide for Performance-based Design of High-Rise Buildings (TBI2017) are compared. In view of the characteristics and limitations of the seismic performance index set by the Sino-US seismic code, a “three-index” performance index system and evaluation process considering the displacement angle of the structural interlayer, the plastic damage degree of components and the plastic strain of material is put forward; combining the example of time-history analysis of a out-of-code high-rise building under the rare earthquakes is verified. The results… More >

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    OpenSees Three-Dimensional Computational Modeling of Ground-Structure Systems and Liquefaction Scenarios

    Zhijian Qiu1, Jinchi Lu1, Ahmed Elgamal1,*, Lei Su2, Ning Wang3, Abdullah Almutairi1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.120, No.3, pp. 629-656, 2019, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2019.05759

    Abstract The OpenSees computational platform has allowed unprecedented opportunities for conducting seismic nonlinear soil-structure interaction simulations. On the geotechnical side, capabilities such as coupled solid-fluid formulations and nonlinear incremental-plasticity approaches allow for representation of the involved dynamic/seismic responses. This paper presents recent research that facilitated such endeavors in terms of response of ground-foundation-structure systems using advanced material modeling techniques and high-performance computing resources. Representative numerical results are shown for large-scale soil-structure systems, and ground modification liquefaction countermeasures. In addition, graphical user interface enabling tools for routine usage of such 3D simulation environments are presented, as an important element in support of… More >

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    Optimization of Nonlinear Vibration Characteristics for Seismic Isolation Rubber

    A. Takahashi1, T. Shibata2, K. Motoyama3, K. Misaji4

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.113, No.1, pp. 1-15, 2017, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2017.113.001

    Abstract A method for reducing the damage to a structure caused by an earthquake namely, using laminated rubber for seismic isolation is proposed, and the vibration characteristics of the rubber (which minimizes the seismic response of the structure during an earthquake) is optimized. A method called “Equivalent Linear System using Restoring Force Model of Power Function Type” (PFT-ELS) is applied to nonlinear vibration analysis of the rubber. In that analysis, a building with 15 layers of the laminated rubber is modeled. The seismic response of the building is analyzed, and the usefulness of the laminated rubber is demonstrated by comparing the… More >

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    Population Exposure and Impacts from Earthquakes: Assessing Spatio-temporal Changes in the XX Century

    S. Freire1, D. Ehrlich1, S. Ferri1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.109-110, No.2, pp. 159-182, 2015, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2015.109.159

    Abstract Media and specialized scientific literature are often addressing the “increasing impact and ensuing damages due to natural hazards”. It is frequently argued that a rising frequency and intensity of hazards is responsible for the increase in losses. The role of increasing population exposure due to phenomenal population growth, or urbanization as a driver of risk is still insufficiently addressed. We investigate spatio-temporal changes in population exposure to seismic hazard and their role on impacts from earthquakes in the XX century. Spatial analysis is used to study historical population distributions in relation to seismic intensity, at the global and continental levels.… More >

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    A Numerical Investigation of Boumerdes-Zemmouri (Algeria) Earthquake and Tsunami

    Xiaoming Wang1, Philip L.-F. Liu1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.10, No.2, pp. 171-184, 2005, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2005.010.171

    Abstract On May 21, 2003 Boumerdes-Zemmouri (Algeria) earthquake generated a small tsunami, which was recorded at several locations around the coast of Balearic Islands, Spain. Recent field studies (Meghraoui, et al., 2004) and teleseismic wave analysis (Yiga, 2003) indicated that the earthquake magnitude is stronger than that suggested by the Harvard CMT solution. Moreover, the seafloor displacement is also not uniform along the rupture line. In this paper, we perform a numerical investigation to evaluate the accuracy of various suggested fault plane mechanisms. The numerical model is based on the shallow-water equations and numerical results are compared with the measured wave… More >

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    Parallel Octree-Based Finite Element Method for Large-Scale Earthquake Ground Motion Simulation

    J. Bielak1, O. Ghattas2, E.-J. Kim3

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.10, No.2, pp. 99-112, 2005, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2005.010.099

    Abstract We present a parallel octree-based finite element method for large-scale earthquake ground motion simulation in realistic basins. The octree representation combines the low memory per node and good cache performance of finite difference methods with the spatial adaptivity to local seismic wavelengths characteristic of unstructured finite element methods. Several tests are provided to verify the numerical performance of the method against Green's function solutions for homogeneous and piecewise homogeneous media, both with and without anelastic attenuation. A comparison is also provided against a finite difference code and an unstructured tetrahedral finite element code for a simulation of the 1994 Northridge… More >

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