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Derivation of Eurocode 8 spectrum-compatible time-histories from recorded seismic accelerograms via harmonic wavelets

Giaralis, A. and Spanos, P. D. (2010). Derivation of Eurocode 8 spectrum-compatible time-histories from recorded seismic accelerograms via harmonic wavelets. Paper presented at the 9th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics (9HSTAM), 12th - 14th July 2010, Limassol, Cyprus.


A computationally efficient harmonic wavelet-based iterative procedure is proposed to modify suites of recorded accelerograms to be used in the aseismic design of critical structures regulated by the European code provisions (EC8). Special attention is focused on assessing the potential of appropriately defined orthogonal harmonic wavelet basis functions to derive design spectrum compatible time-histories which preserve the non-stationary characteristics of the original recorded signals. This is a quite desirable attribute in the practice of the aseismic design of yielding structures. In this regard, seven recorded accelerograms recommended for the design of base-isolated structures are modified via the proposed procedure and base-line adjusted to meet the pertinent EC8 compatibility criteria. The instantaneous energy (IE) and the mean instantaneous frequency (MIF) of the modified EC8 compatible time-histories extracted from appropriate wavelet-based signal time-frequency analyses are compared vis-à-vis the IE and MIF of the corresponding original accelerograms. Examining these numerical results, it is established that the herein proposed procedure is a useful tool for processing recorded accelerograms in cases where accounting for the time-varying energy content and frequency composition of strong ground motions associated with historic seismic events is deemed essential in aseismic design.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: Harmonic wavelets, time-frequency analysis, accelerograms, design spectrum, Eurocode 8
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
Date available in CRO: 22 Feb 2012 14:09
Date of first online publication: 2010
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