S. Jarernprasert and E. Bazan-Zurita and P. C. Rizzo
Seismic Directionality Effects on InStructure Response Spectra in Seismic Probabilistic Risk Assessment
1323 - 1326
2014
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International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering
https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10000083
https://publications.waset.org/vol/96
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Currently, seismic probabilistic risk assessments
(SPRA) for nuclear facilities use InStructure Response Spectra
(ISRS) in the calculation of fragilities for systems and components.
ISRS are calculated via dynamic analyses of the host building
subjected to two orthogonal components of horizontal ground
motion. Each component is defined as the median motion in any
horizontal direction. Structural engineers applied the components
along selected X and Y Cartesian axes. The ISRS at different
locations in the building are also calculated in the X and Y directions.
The choice of the directions of X and Y are not specified by the
ground motion model with respect to geographic coordinates, and are
rather arbitrarily selected by the structural engineer. Normally, X and
Y coincide with the &ldquo;principal&rdquo; axes of the building, in the
understanding that this practice is generally conservative. For SPRA
purposes, however, it is desirable to remove any conservatism in the
estimates of median ISRS. This paper examines the effects of the
direction of horizontal seismic motion on the ISRS on typical nuclear
structure. We also evaluate the variability of ISRS calculated along
different horizontal directions. Our results indicate that some central
measures of the ISRS provide robust estimates that are practically
independent of the selection of the directions of the horizontal
Cartesian axes.
Open Science Index 96, 2014