Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics
The objective of this study is to identify an optimal intensity measure (IM) for conditioning probabilistic seismic demands of case-study reinforced concrete (RC) frame buildings, representative of mid-rise RC building classes in the Mediterranean region. The prediction is performed via statistical relationship between multiple IMs (particularly advanced scalar parameters accounting for spectral shape over a range of periods) and various displacement-based engineering demand parameters (EDPs). Such statistical relationships are built on data obtained from analysis of the frames subjected to over nine hundred ground motion records by employing an innovative capacity spectrum method, introduced in the paper, which uses inelastic response spectra derived from actual earthquake accelerograms to estimate seismic demand and derive fragility curves. The outcomes of the present work are in a good agreement with previous investigations conducted by other researchers on selecting optimal IMs for predicting structural response by using full nonlinear dynamic analyses for different structural typologies.