Seismic damage and destructive potential of seismic events

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D. Abruzzese
S. M. Petrazzuoli


This paper has been written within a research framework investigating the destructive potential of seismic events. The elastic response spectra seem insufficient to explain the behaviour of structures subject to large earthquakes in which they experience extensive plastic deformations. Recent works emphasise that there were many difficulties in the definition of a single pararneter linked to the destl-uctive potential of an earthquake. In this work a study on the effect of frequency content on structural damage has been carried out. The behaviour of two different elastoplastic oscillators has been analysed, considering several artificial earthquakes. The results obtained suggest a method for evaluating the destructive seismic potential of an earthquake through the response spectra ad the frequency content of the signal. and through the mechai~ical characteristics of the structures within the analysed area.

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Abruzzese D, Petrazzuoli SM. Seismic damage and destructive potential of seismic events. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 1995Nov.25 [cited 2021Dec.4];38(5-6). Available from:

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