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Title
Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Structural Response - The Imperial County Services Building.
File
PB83227579.pdf
Author(s)
Pardoen, G. C.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., January 1983, 222 p.
Abstract
Results are presented of a study undertaken to explain the failure of the Imperial County Services Building in El Centro, California, during the October 1979 earthquake. Ambient and forced vibration tests were conducted and elastic and inelastic response analyses were performed; the results of these investigations appear in the appendices. An analytical finite element model was developed that correlates the building's response due to low level forced vibration. This model was extended to include the nonlinear effects of strong motion. Publications and presentations on the Imperial County Services Building's seismic response are listed.
Keywords
Dynamic response; Ground motion; Buildings; Imperial County (California); Earthquake engineering; Earthquake resistant structures; Damage assessment; Earthquakes; Structural design; Computer applications; Finite element analysis; Seismic arrays; California; Dynamic structural analysis