Evaluation of intensity measure performance in regional seismic risk assessment of reinforced concrete bridge inventories

AbstractSeismic risk assessment requires fragility functions derived using non-linear time-history analysis with earthquake records compatible with the site hazard and characterised via a suitable intensity measure (IM), which poses a challenge given the wide variety of structural characteristics found in bridge inventories. Given the lack of consensus on a suitable IM, regional studies often use peak ground acceleration (PGA), which despite being recognized as a poor indicator of structural performance, has persisted in earthquake response characterisation. Average spectral acceleration (AvgSa) has recently gained popularity since it describes earthquake intensity over a range of pertinent periods of vibration; however, its suitability as an IM has not been demonstrated on real bridge inventories with a wide variety of structural characteristics. In this study, hazard-consistent records selected for both PGA and AvgSa are used to evaluate the response of a large inventory of existing bridges with varying structural characteristics, from the Italian roadway network. The results indicate that AvgSa is a more accurate IM compared to PGA when applied to the regional assessment of RC bridges.

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  • Authors:
    • Abarca, Andres
    • Monteiro, Ricardo
    • O’Reilly, Gerard
    • Zuccolo, Elisa
    • Borzi, Barbara
  • Publication Date: 2023-6


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  • Accession Number: 01875643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 2023 3:10PM