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I am writing design procedures for a project which requires a dynamic 
analysis for Performance Catagory 3 according to the DOE Standard 1020.  
The input response spectra is pre-defined and has a peak ground 
acceleration of about 0.5g.  Instead of dividing the base shear by an Rw 
factor (as in UBC), the standard  uses Fmu factors to account for inelastic 
behavior of the members individually.  Fmu differs for each type element in 
the structure.  However, load factors of unity are used when combining the 
forces for design.

Does anybody with experience applying this code know what a reasonable 
amount of conservatism to expect?  A rough quick calculation tells me that 
the force in a chevron brace may be  subject to almost 1.5 times the design 
axial force when using DOE 1020, compared to an equivalent brace using UBC. 
 I realize the two codes are based upon  different return periods.

Also, does anybody who has experience with this code know a simple way to 
perform the analysis (we use SAP2000) such that every member gets it's due 
reduction without having to generate a complete set of load cases for each 
type of element?  Further, are these same loads to be used to generate 
reactions for foundation design?  The standard is not clear on this 

Thanks for your input in advance.

Reed Figley
Boise, ID 
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