Probabilistic assessment of the seismic risk based on stiffness degradation

  • Barbat A
  • Vargas Y
  • Pujades L
  • et al.
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© 2013 CIMNE (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). The incremental dynamic analysis is a powerful tool for evaluating the seismic vulnerability and risk of buildings. It allows calculating the global damage of structures for different peak ground accelerations, PGA, and representing this result by means of damage curves. Such curves are currently used to obtain seismic risk scenarios at urban level. Even if the application of this method in a probabilistic environment requires a relevant computational effort, this has to be the reference method for determining those curves. Nevertheless, it would be of high practical interest to have a simpler method based, for instance, on pushover analysis, for assessing the seismic vulnerability and risk of buildings, which allows obtaining results similar to those based on the incremental dynamic analysis. Referring to the capacity-spectrum-based-methods, expert opinions have been used in previous researches for defining damage states thresholds starting from the yielding and the ultimate spectral displacement identified in the bilinear capacity spectrum. Therefore, we propose in this article a new procedure for defining the damage states thresholds, based on the stiffness degradation of reinforced concrete building, and a fully probabilistic approach is tackled by means of Monte Carlo simulations. It is demonstrated in the paper that the obtained results are in good agreement with those calculated using the incremental dynamic analysis.




Barbat, A. H., Vargas, Y. F., Pujades, L. G., & Hurtado, J. E. (2016). Probabilistic assessment of the seismic risk based on stiffness degradation. Revista Internacional de Metodos Numericos Para Calculo y Diseno En Ingenieria, 32(1), 39–47.

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