In spite of the names of "building attachments" and "secondary elements" usually given to nonstructural components and equipment, they are far from being secondary in importance. In the worst case of critical facilities, the failure of equipment strongly impacts on the postearthquake functionality, causing the loss of essential services or businesses. Such considerations highlight the need for a seismic qualification of equipment as the essential means to demonstrate its adequacy to perform the required function during the expected earthquake event. In this paper, the authors deal with a new approach to the problem of seismic qualification, in which the seismic demand posed to the component is defined in terms of equipment seismic levels (ESLs), whereas its inherent seismic capacity is classified in terms of equipment qualification categories. The determination of the ESL, which is the subject of this paper, has to satisfy the requirements prescribed by the codes for the seismic design of equipment. A comparative study of the current seismic codes in the USA and in Europe is hence carried out in order to critically assess their provisions and to develop a methodology that can be implemented straightforwardly also by designers not having expertise in the field of earthquake engineering. © 1972-2012 IEEE.
|Titolo:||Criteria for the definition of the equipment seismic levels: Comparisons between USA and European codes|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1109/tia.2013.2289947|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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