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13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Vancouver, B.C., Canada August 1-6, 2004 Paper No. 1476


Craig D. COMARTIN1, Mark ASCHHEIM2, Andrew GUYADER3, Ronald HAMBURGER4, Robert HANSON5, William HOLMES6, Wilfred IWAN7, Michael MAHONEY8, Eduardo MIRANDA9, Jack MOEHLE10, Christopher ROJAHN11, Jonathan STEWART12

SUMMARY The Applied Technology Council (ATC), with primary funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and supplemental support from the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), is in the final stages of a project (ATC 55) to evaluate and improve the application of inelastic analysis procedures for use with performancebased engineering methods for seismic design, evaluation, and rehabilitation of buildings. The project will culminate with the publication of FEMA 440: Improvement of Nonlinear Static Seismic Analysis Procedures. This paper provides a preview of the key conclusions of the work. The focus is on anticipated recommendations to improve inelastic analysis procedures as currently documented in FEMA 356 [1] and ATC 40 [2]. General categories of improvements include: Displacement modification procedures (Coefficient Method) Equivalent linearization procedures (Capacity Spectrum Method) Multi-degree-of-freedom effects Soil-structure interaction effects
1 2

CDComartin,Inc, Santa Clara University, 3 California Institute of Technology, 4 Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, 5 University of Michigan, 6 Rutherford&Chekene, 7 California Institute of Technology, 8 FEMA, 9 Stanford University, 10 University of California, Berkeley, 11 Applied Technology Council, 12 University of California, Los Angeles,

The publication FEMA 440: The Improvement of Nonlinear Static Seismic Analysis Procedures will be the product of the project. This document will provide a review and discussion of simplified inelastic seismic analysis of new and existing buildings. It will contain guidelines for applications of selected procedures including their individual strengths, weaknesses and limitations. The document will also contain illustrative examples and expert commentary on key issues. EVALUATION OF CURRENT PROCEDURES Current nonlinear static procedures estimate the global displacement response of a building or structure utilizing a single-degree-of freedom representation of behavior based on a nonlinear force-displacement relationship (pushover curve) based on the monotonic static response to a lateral load vector. The efficacy of procedures to predict SDOF responses of a nonlinear oscillator can be investigated by comparing the estimates to actual results from multiple nonlinear responses history analyses in a statistical format. Parameters affecting the maximum displacement of a SDOF oscillator and the variations assumed for the evaluation study are summarized as follows [3,4] (see Figure 1): Predominant hysteretic behavior
Elastoplastic Perfectly Pla sti cPlastic Perfectly Model Elast oplasti c
250.00 200.00 150.00 100.00 50.00
250.00 200.00 150.00 100.00

Modified Clough - St iffness Degrading M odel

Modified Clough

F o rce

0.00 -50.00 -100.00 -150.00 -200.00 -250.00

0.00 - 50.00 -100.00 -150.00

F orc e


-20.00 -10.00

-200.00 -250.00

- 20.00 - 10.00







- 30.00

Displace ment





60 0

Strength and Stiffness Degrading Strength and stiffness degrading model

Elas toplas tic P erfectly Plasti c Model

250.00 200.00

Nonlinear Elastic

40 0

20 0


F o rc e

0.00 -50.00




F o rce


-600 -400 -300 -20 0 -10 0

-200.00 -250.00

-20.00 -10.00


10 0









Figure 1: Basic hysteretic models used in the evaluation of current procedures.

The elastic-perfectly plastic (EPP) model is used as a reference model. This model has been widely used in previous investigations. This is a reasonable hysteretic model for steel beams which do not experience lateral or local buckling or connection failure. It is also a good model of

the behavior of other highly ductile systems including buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF) and eccentric braced frames (EBF). The stiffness-degrading (SD) model is representative of well-detailed and flexurally-controlled reinforced concrete structures whose lateral stiffness decreases as the level of lateral deformation increases. In this model the unloading stiffness is always the same as the initial stiffness. The strength and stiffness-degrading (SSD) model is aimed at approximately reproducing the hysteretic behavior of structures whose lateral stiffness and lateral strength decreases when subjected to cyclic reversals. This model does not represent systems that loose strength in the same cycle as yielding or experience P-delta effects. This distinction in the type of strength degradation is discussed below. The nonlinear elastic (NE) model unloads on the same branch as the loading curve and therefore exhibits no hysteretic energy dissipation. This model approximately reproduces the behavior of pure rocking structures.

Basic global strength (R) In this study the lateral strength is normalized by the strength ratio R, which is defined as m Sa (Eqn. 1) R= Fy where m is the mass of the system, Sa is the acceleration spectral ordinate corresponding to the initial period of the system and Fy is the lateral yielding strength of the system (see Figure 2). The numerator in (1) represents the lateral strength required to maintain the system elastic, which sometimes is also referred to as the elastic strength demand. Nine levels of normalized lateral strength were considered corresponding to R=1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

T0 mSa Fy
Demand spectrum

Capacity curve

m Sa Fy

Figure 2: Global strength parameter, R Period (T) Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems with periods of vibration between 0.05s and 3.0s were used in this investigation. A total of 50 periods of vibration were considered (40 between 0.05s and 2.0s equally spaced at 0.05s and 10 periods between 2.0s and 3.0s equally spaced at 0.1s). The initial damping ratio, , was assumed to be equal to 5% for all systems. Ground motion A total of 100 earthquake ground motions recorded on different site conditions were used in this study. Ground motions were divided into five groups with 20 accelerograms in each group. The first group (NEHRP [5] site class B) consisted of earthquake ground motions recorded on stations located on rock with average shear wave velocities between 760 m/s (2,500 ft/s) and 1,525 m/s (5,000 ft/s). The second group (NEHRP site class C) consisted of records obtained on stations on very dense soil or soft rock with

average shear wave velocities between 360 m/s (1,200 ft/s) and 760 m/s (2,500 ft/s). The third group (NEHRP site class D) consisted of ground motions recorded on stations on stiff soil with average shear wave velocities between 180 m/s (600 ft/s) and 360 m/s (1,200 ft/s). The fourth group corresponds to ground motions recorded on very soft soil conditions with shear wave velocities smaller than 180 m/s that can be classified as type E. Finally the fifth group corresponds to 20 ground motions influenced by forward-directivity effects. The result of the variation in these basic parameters was a database of 180,000 nonlinear response history analyses representing the maximum displacement response of a SDOF oscillator subject to earthquake motions. The accuracy of the approximate nonlinear static procedures was determined by the comparing the predictions to actual response histories as a benchmark. Detailed results of the evaluation will be published in FEMA 440. Selected illustrative results are included in this paper in the subsequent sections in conjunction with proposed improvements to the two NSP procedures. STRENGTH DEGRADATION It is important to distinguish between two different types of strength degradation. Consider the hysteretic response of two oscillators shown in Figure 3. While both exhibit inelastic strength degradation, note that the first (cyclic strength degrading) loses strength only in the cycles subsequent to that in which it yields. The slope of the post-elastic portion of the curve is not negative. The post-elastic stiffness, , in any cycle is zero or positive. In contrast, the other oscillator (in-cycle strength degrading) has a negative in the cycle in which the yielding occurs.

Strength loss occurs in subsequent cycles; not in the same cycle as yield.

Strength loss occurs in same cycle as yield.


Strength and stiffness degrading model






-600 -400




-100 0 Displacement 100




Cyclic strength degradation

In-cyclic strength degradation

Figure 3:

Two types of strength degradation

The distinction between these two types of behaviors is important because the dynamic response of the two oscillators subject to earthquake motions can be radically different. The results of the ATC 55 evaluation study, as well as other previous research, demonstrate that cyclic-strength-degrading oscillators (SSD in Figure 1) often exhibit maximum inelastic displacements that are about the same or even less than those that do not lose strength. The in-cycle strength-degrading counterpart, in contrast, can be prone to dynamic instability particularly when subject to ground motions that include large velocity pulses often associated with near field records. If one were to generate a pushover curve for each oscillator in Figure 3

using the second-cycle backbone procedure of FEMA 356 there might be very little difference, if any, between the two. Additional studies were conducted as a part of the ATC 55 project to confirm and illustrate this difference using an in-cycle strength-degrading oscillator with characteristics as illustrated in the right side of Figure 3. These studies confirm the potential for dynamic instability and imply that structures with significant negative post-elastic stiffness must have a critical minimum strength to avoid collapse. This is discussed further in subsequent sections. DISPLACEMENT MODIFICATION The FEMA 440 document will propose several improvements to the basic displacement modification procedure in FEMA 356 [1]. These relate to the coefficient method equation for the target displacement, t for estimating the maximum inelastic global deformation demands on buildings for earthquake ground motions

t = C 0 C1C 2 C3 S a

Te2 g 4 2

(Eqn. 2)

where the coefficients are currently defined as follows: Co = modification factor to relate spectral displacement of an equivalent SDOF system to the roof displacement of the building MDOF system. C1 = modification factor to relate the expected maximum inelastic displacements to displacements calculated for linear elastic response. C2 = Modification factor to represent the effect of pinched hysteretic shape, stiffness degradation and strength deterioration on the maximum displacement response. C3 = Modification factor to represent increased displacements due to dynamic P- effects. Based on the analyses of the current procedures two alternatives for improvement of the factor C1 are were initially considered: ALTERNATIVE 1:

1 1 C1 = 1 + ( R 1) b c a ( Te / Tg )
a 42 48 57 b 1.60 1.80 1.85 c 45 50 60 Tg (s) 0.75 0.85 1.05

(Eqn. 3)


1 C1 = 1 + ( R 1) b a ( Te / Tg )
SOIL PROFILE B C D a 151 199 203 b 1.60 1.83 1.91 Tg (s) 1.60 1.75 1.85

(Eqn. 4)

These are both compared to the current definition in Figure 4. Figure 5 illustrates the substantial improvement in error reduction with either alternative

2.5 S OIL PROFILE : C R = 5 2.0



A lternative 1

A lternative 2 FEMA -356

0.0 0.0 0.3 0.5 P ERIOD [s ] 0.8 1.0

Figure 4:

Comparison of current and potential C1 coefficients

A simplified version of these alternatives is also under consideration for inclusion in the final recommendations as follows: SIMPLIFIED ALTERNATIVE:

C1 = 1 +

R 1 90 T 2

(Eqn. 5)

/( E[( ? i ) ap p ? i) ex] 2.0 E[( ? i) a pp/(? i) ex] 2.0

R=6.0 R=4.0 R=3.0 R=2.0 R=1.5

SITE CLASS C T s = 0.55 s


SITE CLA SS C T g = 0.85 s


R = 6.0 R = 4.0 R = 3.0 R = 2.0 R = 1.5


0.5 W ITHO UT CAP PING 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 P ERIO D [s] E[( ? i )app /( ? i )ex ] 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.0


ALT ERNATIV E I 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 PE RIO D [s] E[( ? i) app /(? i) e x ] 2.0 2.5 3.0


R=6.0 R=4.0 R=3.0 R=1.5 R=1.5


S ITE CLA SS C T g = 1.75 s


R = 6.0 R = 4.0 R = 3.0 R = 2.0 R = 1.5

T s = 0.55 s



0.5 0.5 W ITH CAPPING 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 P ERIO D [s] P ERIO D [s] 2.0 2.5 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 ALTE RNATIVE II

Figure 5: Comparison of mean errors for C1 coefficients for site class C The current definitions C2 and C3 are not clearly independent of one another. C2 is intended to represent changes in hysteretic behavior due to pinching, stiffness degradation, and strength degradation. However, strength and stiffness degradation due to P- effects are supposedly addressed by C3 as well. FEMA 440 will recommend that C2 be used to modify displacements for purely cyclic strength losses. In this case, example results indicate that the current specification over estimates the actual effect of cyclic degradation (see Figure 6).

Current (FEMA 356)

3.0 Collapse Prevention Life Safety Immediate Occupancy 2.0
1.0 1.4

C2 =C 1,S D /C1,E PP




(mean of 20 ground motions)

R = 6.0 R = 5.0 R = 4.0 R = 3.0 R = 2.0 R = 1.5


0.0 0.0

0.2 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 PERIOD [s] 2.0 2.5 3.0


Figure 6:

Comparison of current FEMA 356 C2 coefficients to actual example results for cyclic-strength-degrading oscillators

The following specification is being investigated as an improvement for FEMA 440:

1 R 1 C2 = 1 + 800 T

(Eqn. 6)

The plot in Figure 7 shows that this equation does not fall below a value of 1.0. This bias is likely to be recommended since the studies do not include the effects of the duration of shaking that may be important for structures subject to cyclic strength degradation.

1 R 1 C2 = 1 + 800 T
2 1.8

1.6 1.4




1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0

0. 1 0.3 0 .4 0 .6 0 .7 0. 9 1.0 1. 2 1.3 1.5 1.6 1. 8

4.6 4 3.4 2.8 2.2 1.6

1.9 2. 1 2 .2 2 .4 2 .5

Figure 7:

An improved coefficient C2 as a function of period and initial strength for cyclicstrength-degrading behavior

Figure 8 illustrates a comparison between the current C3 specified in FEMA 356 with actual results of response history analyses using oscillators that exhibit in-cycle loss of strength and/or P-delta effects result in in a negative post-elastic stiffness, . It is clear that negative post elastic stiffness can result in dynamic instability and collapse depending on the magnitude of , as well as initial period and initial strength. Consequently FEMA 440 will recommend elimination of the C3 coefficient and introduce a minimum initial strength (maximum R) requirement for systems with in-cycle strength degradation and

2.7 2.8 3. 0

significant P-delta effects. This minimum strength requirement would also apply to solutions from equivalent linearization procedures.

Current (FEMA 356)

C3 8 T = 1.0s 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 R 4 5 = 0.21 = 0.06 i / e 8 T = 1.0s 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 60 1 2

1984 Morgan Hill, California Earthquake Gilroy #3, Sewage Treatment Plant, Comp. 0

= 0.21 = 0.06 3 4 5 6

Figure 8:

Comparison of current FEMA 356 C3 coefficients to actual example results for incycle strength-degrading oscillators EQUIVALENT LINEARIZATION

The capacity spectrum method documented in ATC 40 [2] is a form of equivalent linearization based on two fundamental assumptions. The period of the equivalent linear system is assumed to the secant period and the equivalent damping is related to the area under the capacity curve associated with the inelastic displacement demand. ATC 40 also limits damping for systems that exhibit strength and stiffness degrading behavior. The average errors associated with the procedures are illustrated in Figure 9. For non-degrading structures the current method underestimates displacements, but generally over estimates for structures with degrading behavior.
Type A structures (non-degrading)
E[( i )a pp /( i ) ex] 3.0 APPROXIMATE: ATC40 - TYPE A EXACT: ELASTO PLASTIC 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 PERIOD [s] 2.0 2.5 3.0

Type C structures (severe degradation)

E[( i ) ap p /( i )e x] 3.0

R= R= R= R= R= R= 8.0 6.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.5

R R R R R R = = = = = = 8.0 6.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.5

2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0




1.5 PERIOD [s]




Figure 9:

Errors associated with current ATC 40 nonlinear static procedure

The focus of the ATC 55 effort to improve equivalent linearization has been to develop better procedures to estimate equivalent period and equivalent damping. This is an extension of previous work [6,7] in which both parameters are expressed as functions of ductility. These relationships are based on an optimization process whereby the error between the displacement predicted using the equivalent linear oscillator and using nonlinear response history analysis is minimized [8,9]. Conventionally, the measurement of error has been the mean of the absolute difference between the displacements. Although this seems logical, it might not lead to particularly good results from an engineering standpoint. This is

illustrated in Figure 10. It is possible to select linear parameters for which the mean error is zero as for the broad, flat distribution. However, the narrower curve might represent equivalent linear parameters that provide better results from an engineering standpoint, since the chance of errors outside a 20% to +10% range, for example, are much lower. This is owing to the smaller standard deviation in spite of the 5% mean error.

Figure 10: Illustration of probability density function of displacement error for a Gaussian distribution This general strategy has been applied to a series of elasto-plastic, stiffness degrading, and strength-andstiffness-degrading hysteretic models generate optimal equivalent linear effective periods and damping for a range on periods and ductilities as illustrated in Figure 11. Also, shown in Figure 11 are the current CSM specifications in ATC 40 [2].

Figure 11:

New optimal effective (equivalent) linear parameters for elastoplastic system.T0=0.12.0

Using the results for discrete values of ductility, a curve fitting process has leads to empirical expressions relating effective period, Teff , and effective damping, eff , to ductility, . Generally these expressions are

dependent on hysteretic type. However, reasonably good results can be obtained for all types of behavior with the following simplified expressions: For < 4.0 : For 4.0 6.5 :

eff = 4.85 ( 1) 1.08 ( 1) + 5

2 3

(Eqn. 7)

Teff / To 1 = 0.167 ( 1) 0.0310 ( 1)


(Eqn. 8) (Eqn. 9) (Eqn. 10)

Teff / To 1 = 0.283 + 0.129 ( 1)

For > 6.5 :

eff = 13.6 + 0.318 ( 1) + 5


0.64( 1) 1 Teff = 19.01 +5 2 0.64( 1) T0

(Eqn. 11)

0.5 ( 1) Teff / To 1 = 0.89 1 1 + 0.5 ( 1) 1

(Eqn. 12)

The solution to the two equations for effective period and damping are illustrated in accelerationdisplacement response spectrum (ADRS) format in Figure 12. Note that the maximum acceleration does not fall on the ADRS demand curve for the optimal effective damping. As a part of the proposed improvements a numerical transformation will be included to generate a modified ADRS (MADRS) that will represent correct values on the acceleration axis. This transformation facilitates the development of several solution procedures that are very similar to those for the capacity spectrum method in ATC 40. It should be noted that the recommendations will include a limit on minimum strength as discussed in the previous section.

Figure 12: Description of the Modified ADRS (MADRS) and its use (from Iwan 2002).


MULTI-DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM EFFECTS In order to compare and illustrate techniques for improving the results of nonlinear static procedures related to the effects of higher modes, five example buildings have been analyzed. The objective has been to compare estimates made using simplified inelastic procedures with results obtained by nonlinear response history analysis. The basic outline of this effort was as follows: EXAMPLE BUILDINGS 3-Story Steel Frame (SAC LA Pre-Northridge M1 Model) 3-Story Weak Story Frame (lowest story at 50% of strength) 8-Story Shear Wall (Escondido Village) 9-Story Steel Frame (SAC LA Pre-Northridge M1 Model) 9-Story Weak Story Frame (lowest story at 50% of strength) GROUND MOTIONS 11 Site Class C Motions, 8-20 km, 5 events 4 Near Field Motions: GLOBAL DRIFT LEVELS Ordinary Motions (scaled to result in specified global drift) 0.5, 2, 4% for frames 0.2, 1, 2% for wall Near-Field (unscaled) 1.8 to 5.0% for 3-story frames 1.7-2.1% for 9-story frames 0.6 2.1% for wall LOAD VECTORS/METHODS ILLUSTATED First Mode Inverted Triangular Rectangular (Uniform) Code Adaptive SRSS Multimode Pushover (MPA) RESPONSE QUANTITIES (Peak values generally occur at different instants in time) Floor and roof displacements Interstory Drifts Story Shears Overturning Moment ERRORS Mean over all floors Maximum over all floors

The results of the illustrative examples are consistent with previously published observations by researchers. It is apparent that the approximate procedures can generally predict maximum displacements reasonably well. Multi-mode pushover can also provide good estimates of maximum inter-story drifts for some cases. But beyond that, the nonlinear static procedures cannot provide reliable estimates of MDOF effects. FEMA 440 will recommend nonlinear response history analysis to determine these effects. As a part of the MDOF an interesting and potentially promising observation for future development has been made [10]. To generate the example results, ground motions were scaled to give pre-determined constant roof displacements for each case. This effectively normalized the MDOF effects to the roof displacement. In general it was noted that any single response history analysis provided a better estimate of MDOF effects than any of the approximate methods (see Figure 13). This suggests that seismic hazard could be characterized by the maximum inelastic displacement at the roof level. This could be determined for a structure with nonlinear static procedures using the NEHRP [5] maps, for example. When necessary, nonlinear response history analysis could be used to investigate MDOF effects by using a small number of records scaled to give the same roof displacement. This procedure could avoid the both the necessity of generating a series of spectrum-compatible records and the difficulty of combining results of the analyses for practical use.


Overturning Moments Weak-story 9-story frame

Floor 9th 2% Drift Floor 9th 4% Drift















1st 0 50000

Weak2 %
100000 150000 200000 Overturning Moment (kips-ft)

1st 0 50000

Weak4 %
100000 150000 200000 Overturning Moment (kips-ft)

Mean Min SD SD Max Median

First Mode Inverted Triangular

Rectangular Code

Adaptive SRSS Multimode

Figure 13:Selected results from the MDOF illustrative examples (from Aschheim 2002)

SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION EFFECTS FEMA 356 [1] currently contains limitations (caps) on the maximum value of the coefficient C1, the ratio of the maximum inelastic displacement of a single degree of freedom elasto-plastic oscillator to the maximum response of the fully elastic oscillator. FEMA 356 includes the capping limitations for two related reasons. First, there is a belief in the practicing engineering community that short stiff buildings simply do not respond to seismic shaking as adversely as might be predicted analytically. Secondly, it was felt that the required use of the empirical equation without out relief in the short period range would motivate practitioners to revert to the more traditional, and apparently less conservative, linear procedures. The current limitations are not founded directly on theoretical principles or empirical data. Much of the reduction in response of short period structures is due to soil-structure interaction effects. In lieu of the capping of C1, FEMA 440 will introduce adjustments to seismic demand intended to address soil-structure interaction effects inelastic analyses [11]. These are fundamentally similar to those in the NEHRP [5] intended for linear analyses. Short, stiff buildings generally are more sensitive to interaction between soil material strength and stiffness with that of the structure and its foundations than are longer period structures. This is patially accounted for by modeling the stiffness and strength of foundation and supporting soils in the structural analysis as outlined in FEMA 356 and ATC 40. FEMA 356 will include procedures to reduce spectral ordinates for the kinematic effects of base slab averaging and embedment of the structure (see Figure 14). Additionally, the document will include procedures to modify the damping of the overall systems to account for the inertia effects of foundation damping (see Figure 15). These improvements will rationally result in reductions in estimated response for short period structures.


Foundation/free-field RRS from base slab averaging (RRSbsa)
Foundation/free-field RRS from embedment effects (RRSe)

1.2 1 0.8 0.6 Site Classes C and D 0.4 0.2 0

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2
e = 10 ft e = 20 ft e = 30 ft

0.9 0.8 0.7 Simplified Model 0.6 0.5 0.4 Period (s)
be = 65 ft be = 130 ft be = 200 ft be = 330 ft





Period (s)

Figure 14:Reduction in free-field motion due to kinematic effects of base slab averaging and embedment. (from Stewart 2003)

Foundation Damping, f (%)

e/ru = 0 PGA > 0.2g PGA < 0.1g 20 h/r = 0.5 1.0 10 2.0 0

Figure 15:Foundation damping

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