Dynamic Analysis and Design: Programming and Applying the Finite Element Method Public
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Structures in areas prone to earthquakes present unique design challenges and require adherence to detailed seismic design procedures. This project investigates the static and dynamic analysis methods prescribed by ASCE 7-16 for structures in areas prone to earthquakes by completing the structural design of a triangle-shaped five-story building in San Francisco, CA. Three primary seismic analysis methods stemming from ASCE 7-16 are presented, namely, the equivalent lateral force analysis method, linear time-history analysis method, and modal response spectrum analysis method. Additionally, computer programs based on the finite element method were developed in Fortran and MATLAB to perform the structural analysis for static and dynamic loading conditions.
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