This paper presents a general seismic classification procedure for acceleration-sensitive non-structural elements (NSEs) based on seismic qualification shake table testing and provides an application example for electrical cabinets in Italy. The proposed seismic classification procedure requires the definition of a set of required response spectra (RRS) for qualification shake table testing defined at different seismic hazard levels and the definition of a formal procedure to generate a test input motion. Each required response spectrum at a given seismic hazard level is then linked to different class levels and the requirements that an NSE should present to achieve each class level are defined. Using this framework, a seismic classification procedure for NSEs is developed for Italy, in which, the RRS are defined according to a peak floor spectral acceleration seismic hazard map of the territory so as to predefine regions in which an NSE belonging to a given class can be installed or not according to either a life safety performance objective or a continuous operation performance objective. Also, the limitations of the proposed seismic classification procedure are outlined. Finally, a nominal application example is presented in which four electrical cabinet specimens were tested on a shake table and their class levels were defined. The results of the application example are used to nominally show how the proposed classification procedure could be applied to discriminate between different types of the same NSE depending on the specific desired application.

Performance-based seismic classification of acceleration-sensitive non-structural elements

Merino, RJ
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Perrone, D;Nascimbene, R;Filiatrault, A
2023-01-01

Abstract

This paper presents a general seismic classification procedure for acceleration-sensitive non-structural elements (NSEs) based on seismic qualification shake table testing and provides an application example for electrical cabinets in Italy. The proposed seismic classification procedure requires the definition of a set of required response spectra (RRS) for qualification shake table testing defined at different seismic hazard levels and the definition of a formal procedure to generate a test input motion. Each required response spectrum at a given seismic hazard level is then linked to different class levels and the requirements that an NSE should present to achieve each class level are defined. Using this framework, a seismic classification procedure for NSEs is developed for Italy, in which, the RRS are defined according to a peak floor spectral acceleration seismic hazard map of the territory so as to predefine regions in which an NSE belonging to a given class can be installed or not according to either a life safety performance objective or a continuous operation performance objective. Also, the limitations of the proposed seismic classification procedure are outlined. Finally, a nominal application example is presented in which four electrical cabinet specimens were tested on a shake table and their class levels were defined. The results of the application example are used to nominally show how the proposed classification procedure could be applied to discriminate between different types of the same NSE depending on the specific desired application.
2023
non-structural components
non-structural elements
seismic classification
seismic qualification
shake table testing
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