Analytical and field evidence of the damaging effect of vertical earthquake ground motion

A. J. Papazoglou, A. S. Elnashai

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The paper is an attempt to collate field evidence and results from dynamic analysis on possible structural effects of strong vertical ground motion. Observational evidence from three earthquakes are presented and assessed with regard to failure modes of buildings and bridges attributable to high vertical earthquake forces. Analytical results from previous studies for the same structural types are reviewed. These collectively confirm that structural failure may ensue due to direct tension or compression as well as due to the effect of vertical motion on shear and flexural response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1137
Number of pages29
JournalEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1996


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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