Civil MDC

DYNAMIC ANALYSIS USING RESPONSE SPECTRUM SEISMIC LOADING

The basic mode superposition method, which is restricted to linearly elastic analysis, produces the complete time history response of joint displacements and member forces. In the past there have been two major disadvantages in the use of this approach. First, the method produces a large amount of output information that can require a significant amount of computational effort to conduct all possible design checks as a function of time. Second, the analysis must be repeated for several different earthquake motions in order to assure that all frequencies are excited, since a response spectrum for one earthquake in a specified direction is not a smooth function.

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