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Critical Cross Power Spectral Density Functions and the Highest Response of Multi-Supported Structures Subjected to Multi-Component Earthquake Excitations

Sarkar, A and Manohar, CS (1996) Critical Cross Power Spectral Density Functions and the Highest Response of Multi-Supported Structures Subjected to Multi-Component Earthquake Excitations. In: Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 25 (3). pp. 303-315.

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Abstract

The highest response of multi-supported structures subjected to partially specified multi-component earthquake support motions is considered. The seismic inputs are modelled as incompletely specified vector Gaussian random processes with known autospectral density functions but unknown cross spectral densities and these unknown functions are determined such that the steady state response variance of a given linear system is maximized. The resulting cross power spectral density functions are shown to be dependent on the system properties, autospectra of excitation and the response variable chosen for maximization. It emerges that the highest system response is associated neither with fully correlated support motions, nor with independent motions, but, instead, specific forms of cross power spectral density functions are shown to exist which produce bounds on the response of a given structure. Application of the proposed results is demonstrated by examples on a ground based extended structure, namely, a 1578 m long, three span, suspension cable bridge and a secondary system, namely, an idealized piping structure of a nuclear power plant.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright belongs to John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords: critical seismic excitations;multi support seismic excitations
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 11:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/5357

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