State-of-the-art information required for developing design earthquake response spectra is compiled and synthesized in a manual-like format to provide the user with general guidelines for estimating the ground motion load expected for sites of interest located throughout the United States. The information contained in this document constitutes a subset of the comprehensive body of knowledge available in the field. This subset is considered pertinent for a technical understanding of the theoretical and empirical bases currently used to develop design earthquake reponse spectra for use in construction design, and evaluation of important facilities. These guidelines relate to the following analyses: (1) determination of seismicity parameters, 2) estimation of seismic attenuation functions, 3) estimation of maximum intensity of shaking, 4) estimation of ground motion response spectra, and 5) estimation of local soil amplification effects. Basic information needed to perform each analysis and to make judgements in provided. Examples are extracted from published reports dealing with the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California, the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, Alabama, and Veterans Administration Hospitals in Charleston, South Carolina and Bedford, Massachusetts to demonstrate representative U.S. seismic design problems and the use of the guidelines. Extensive references are provided to enable the user to obtain additional information on specific topics of interest.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

    P.O. Box 4005
    Champaign, IL  United States  61820
  • Authors:
    • Hays, W W
    • Algermissen, S T
    • Espinosa, A F
    • Perkins, D M
    • Rinehart, W A
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 349 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: M-114 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM