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RE: Design ground accelerations

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Ground acceleration also does not translate directly into the acceleration experienced by the structure (before the R factor reductions for ductility.) The acceleration experienced by the structure is actually proportional to the pseudo-acceleration, a quantity derived from the ground motion, structure period, and damping assumptions. It's the pseudo-acceleration that's plotted on a response spectrum.
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From: VerneK(--nospam--at) [mailto:VerneK(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 7:03 AM
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Subject: Re: Design ground accelerations

I think Mr. Sherman is right, as I mentioned before, the values given by the
Soils Engineer is probably the peak values on the seismic spectrum.  The
UBC reduces it by the ductility factor (R value).  It's been a while since my
school days but this is what I recall.  Also, ground frequency does not
necessarily translate directly to building frequency.