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Seismic Analysis and Design Using the Endurance Time Method, Volume I by Hasssan Vafai, Homayoon Estekanchi

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CHAPTER 2

PROPERTIES OF THE ENDURANCE TIME EXCITATION FUNCTIONS

2.1 INTRODUCTION

In recent years, advanced analysis procedures have been proposed in order to reliably predict the actual behavior of complex structures subjected to strong earthquakes.1 Time-history-based procedures are becoming more popular among researchers due to the fact that in these procedures, nearly all sorts of complicated material and geometry can be directly included in the analysis. In other words, model complexity is not considered an obstacle in time-history analysis, at least at the theoretical level. However, intensive computational demand has prohibited the widespread use of such analyses in design offices and simplified procedures are still needed in practice. ...

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