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This book is based on the lecture notes prepared for the advanced course on experimental and numerical methods in earthquake engineering held at the JRC-Ispra in October 1991. It presents a state-of-the-art exposition of experimental techniques and computational methods for the analysis of the nonlinear response of complex structures subjected to severe dynamic loading. Emphasis is placed on the simulation of earthquake behaviour. On the experimental side, the various techniques used in earthquake engineering are investigated. Methods range from quasi-static displacement control to real-time dynamic loading, using shaking-tables for laboratory testing or ambient loading in the field. In particular, a detailed study of the pseudo-dynamic test (PDT) method is presented. A PDT test is one which, although carried out quasi-statically, uses on-line computer calculation and control together with experimental measurement of structural properties to generate a realistic simulation of the dynamic behaviour of the structure. Recent developments in numerical methods for representing the nonlinear cyclic behaviour of structures are also described. This includes a discussion of advanced constitutive models for concrete and masonry based on plasticity and damage mechanics concepts, as well as "member-type" models simulating the overall behaviour of various types of structural elements.

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Authors: DONEA J, JRC Ispra (IT);JONES P M (EDITORS), JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13866 EN (1991) 381 pp.
Availability: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O. Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-1434-4
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