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Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

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Studies Of Earthquake Pounding Risk And Of Above-Code Seismic Design, Moad Isteita Jan 2019

Studies Of Earthquake Pounding Risk And Of Above-Code Seismic Design, Moad Isteita

Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis tests three hypotheses: (1) Some US practice to determine the required separation distance to preclude pounding between neighboring buildings is overly conservative. (2) Pounding between buildings with aligned floors significantly contributes to collapse. (3) Above-code design of a common engineered commercial building type is cost effective in many though perhaps not all US locations, at least from a benefit-cost-analysis perspective.

The first part of this thesis reexamines the required minimum permissible space between two adjacent buildings to preclude earthquake pounding. This part of the thesis employs and compares three analytical approaches to estimate the minimum safe distance conditioned ...