Correlation between Pulse-Like Ground Motion Intensity Measures and Seismic Demands of Buildings with Three Structural Systems (Moment-Resisting Frames, Structural Walls and Combination of Moment-Resisting Frames and Shear Walls)

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Department of Civil Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran


In this study, the distribution of correlation coefficients between maximum interstory drift ratio (MIDR) of multistorey building structures and ground motion characteristics intensity measures (IMs) is evaluated and compared.  For this purpose, a continuum beam model is used to estimate the MIDR of multistory building structure including higher mode effects. The MIDRs are computed for building structures with three different lateral resisting systems (structural walls, moment-resisting frames, and their combination) and fundamental periods that ranges from 0.05 to 10s. Nine different ground motion parameters of pulse-like ground motions including PGD, PGA, PGV, Ic, CAV, Ia, SMV, ESD, SMA are selected as ground motion characteristics IMs. The effects of the type of lateral resisting system and the acceleration pulse on the distribution of correlation coefficients are also considered in the study. Based on the assessment results, MIDRs in mid and long-period buildings show a high correlation to PGV, SED and SMV, while a low correlation occurs with respect to PGA and SMA. Also, type of lateral resisting system causes changes in the correlation coefficients and results showed that long-period shear wall structure gives lower coefficients with respect to other structural systems.


  • Effects of higher modes, lateral resisting systems and acceleration pulse considered.
  • The SED and SMV IMs have a strong correlation with the MIDR of the building structure.
  • CAV is very sensitive to acceleration pulse.


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