This series includes technical reports prepared by faculty, students and staff who are associated with the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University. While the primary focus of Blume Center is earthquake engineering, many of the reports in this series encompass broader topics in structural engineering and materials, computational mechanics, geomechanics, structural health monitoring, and engineering life-cycle risk assessment. Each report includes acknowledgments of the specific sponsors for the report and underlying research. In addition to providing research support, the Blume Center provides administrative support for maintaining and disseminating the technical reports. For more information about the Blume Center and its activities, see https://blume.stanford.edu.
In Earthquake Engineering, the design of engineering structures in a seismically active region involves a compromise between economic and safety constraints. These two constraints are coupled through the existing uncertainties in both the load regime and in the response of the structure to such loads. The description of the seismic loading at a site is important in that many times it will dictate the choice of engineering structure, which in turn will have an associated nondeterministic resistance to these loads. Thus the reliability (load vs. resistance) of the structural system is often guided by the load model conceived.
DeHerrera, MA and Zsutty, TC. (1982). A Time Domain Analysis of Seismic Ground Motions Based on Geophysical Parameters. John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Technical Report 54. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/gm382xz1680
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