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Evaluation of Seismic Performance Parameters



Hai S. Lew


Recent earthquakes have shown that buildings designed for life safety could sustain severe damage to structural and nonstructural elements and building contents. In the U.S. several groups have proposed performance-based seismic design approaches to produce buildings that will perform during earthquakes in conformance with the objective of design, such as immediate occupancy and collapse prevention. In the design process, the response of structural members and systems are checked against pre-established threshold levels of performance which are usually established by laboratory tests. This paper examines the influence of testing protocol on the outcome of experimental work which establishes threshold levels of structural responses to seismic loads.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of 2nd NIST/NSF Funded U.S.-Slovenia Joint Conference
Conference Dates
June 24-27, 1997
Conference Location
Bled, RU
Conference Title
NIST/NSF Funded U.S.-Slovenia Joint Conference


building technology, damage state, ductility, earthquake engineering, performance evaluation, seismic design


Lew, H. (1997), Evaluation of Seismic Performance Parameters, Proceedings of 2nd NIST/NSF Funded U.S.-Slovenia Joint Conference, Bled, RU (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created June 1, 1997, Updated February 19, 2017