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Effect of Earthquakes on Some Kind of Buildings

J. Alberto Escobar S., J. Antonio Mendoza and Roberto Gómez M.


A new method that simplifies the current static seismic torsion design procedure for buildings is proposed. Distribution of the shear forces among the storey-resistant elements designed by torsion and of the factors which affect the design eccentricity, specially accidental eccentricity, are studied. It is demonstrated that the effect of accidental eccentricity is always additive for the structural elements. There is given an in which the proposed procedure is applied; the results obtained agree with those calculated obtained with a traditional procedure of design.

American Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 4 No. 3, 2008, 189-197


Submitted On: 20 May 2007 Published On: 30 June 2008

How to Cite: S., J. A. E., Mendoza, J. A. & M., (2008). Effect of Earthquakes on Some Kind of Buildings. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 4(3), 189-197.

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  • Seismic torsion
  • simplified analysis
  • code analysis
  • accidental eccentricity
  • simplified method