International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP) (12th : 2015)

Conditional simulation of spatially variable motions on 2D grid Ancheta, Timothy D.; Stewart, Jonathan P.


Conditional simulation of spatially variable earthquake ground motion is required to incorporate kinematic interaction effects within response history analysis of structures. We present an approach that takes as input a seed motion and models for Fourier amplitude and phase variability that are functions of frequency and separation distance. The conditional simulation outputs are ground motions modified from the seed on a 2D grid having appropriate non-stationary characteristics while maintaining compatibility with the amplitude and phase variability models. The method applies the Fourier Integral Method to simulate random fields and extends short time Fourier transform analysis and synthesis to account for time and frequency nonstationary characteristics of earthquake time series.

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