Response Spectrum Analysis in midas Civil

April 14, 2022
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Response Spectrum Analysis in midas Civil

 

Table of Contents

 

1. Introduction

2. Seismic Analysis Methods

3. Response Spectrum Analysis

4. Factors affecting Response Spectrum Analysis

5. Free Vibration Analysis

6. Procedure for Response Spectrum Analysis using midas Civil

7. Verification of Spectral Data

8. Summary

9. References

 

 


1. Introduction

 

Seismic analysis is needed for the estimation of structural response in the process of designing earthquake-resistant structures as well as to check the vulnerability of the existing structures to seismic waves.

 
 

 


2. Seismic Analysis Methods

 

The Seismic analysis of the bridges shall be carried out using the following methods as per applicability depending upon the complexity of the structure and the input ground motion.

 

  1. Elastic Seismic Acceleration Method (Seismic Coefficient Method)
  2. Elastic Response Spectrum Method
  3. Time History Method

 

 

2.1 Seismic Coefficient Method

 

For most of the structures of low to medium heights with small spans and small lengths of the bridge, elastic seismic acceleration method (Seismic coefficient method) is adequate. In this method structure is analyzed by its fundamental(single) mode of vibration.

 

 

2.2 Response Spectrum Analysis

 

This is a general method, suitable for more complex structural systems (e.g. continuous bridges, bridges with large difference in pier heights, bridges which are curved in plan, etc), in which dynamic analysis of the structure is performed to obtain the first as well as higher modes of vibration.

 

 

 

 

 

2.3 Time-History Method

 

In bridges where pier height is high, bridge has abrupt or unusual changes in mass, stiffness or geometry along its span and has large differences in these parameters between adjacent supports, special seismic devices such as dampers, isolator shock transmission unit etc. are provided and where the large spatial variation need to consider than time history method should be used.

 

The dynamic analysis of a bridge by time history method may be carried out using direct step-by-step method of integration of equations of motion suitable steps small enough to include response of highest modes of vibration. This method is also recommended in situations where large number of modes vibration are expected to participate in bridge response.

 

 


3. Response Spectrum Analysis

 

It is a representation of the maximum response of idealized single degree of freedom systems of different periods for a fixed value of damping, during an earthquake.

The maximum response is plotted against the undamped natural period and for various damping values and can be expressed in terms of maximum absolute acceleration, maximum relative velocity or maximum relative displacement.

 

 


4. Factors affecting Response Spectrum Analysis

 

Seismic analysis is a tool for the estimation of structural response in the process of designing earthquake-resistant structures and/or retrofitting vulnerable existing structures. 

 

  1. Magnitude
  2. Source Mechanism and Characteristics
  3. Distance from the source of energy release
  4. Wave travel Path
  5. Rupture Directivity
  6. Local geology and site conditions

 

 


5. Free Vibration Analysis

 

The dynamic properties (natural periods, and mode shapes) for vibration in the X-direction have been obtained by carrying out a free vibration analysis. While performing the eigenvalue analysis we assume that the mass distribution is taking place with the beam completely constrain the column as per the required stiffness as shown in the Fig. 1.

 
Response Spectrum AnalysisFigure 1. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis
 

 

The mass and lateral stiffness of each layer are obtained according to the given conditions.

Flexural stiffness of each layer,

k = 2*(12EI/L^3)   

 

The mass and stiffness matrices for the eigenvalue analysis are as follows.

Mű + ku = 0

 
analysis
 

Since the eigenvalue analysis corresponds to the free vibration analysis, the determinant must be zero.

 
equation

Where,

Wn = k / m

 

The above equation is a cubic equation for eigenvalue, and the eigenvalue obtained through the solution of cubic equation is consistent with the analysis result by Civil.

 

 


6. Procedure for Response Spectrum Analysis using midas Civil

 

The procedure for response spectrum analysis in midas Civil is outlined below.

 

1. Specify the mass data using various ways provided in the Main Menu, Model > Masses.

 

For converting the self-weight into mass when assigned as Self Weight option, use Structure > Convert Self Weight into Masses

 Response Spectrum Analysis

Figure 2. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -1

 

 

2. Enter the number of modes and necessary data for eigenvalue analysis in "Eigenvalue Analysis Control".

 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue AnalysisFigure 3. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -2
 
 
 

 

3. Define spectrum data to be applied in "Response Spectrum Functions".

 

 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis
 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis
Figure 4. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -3

 

 

4. Set options related to response spectrum analysis in "Response Spectrum Load Cases".

 
 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue AnalysisFigure 5. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -4
 

 

 

5. Perform analysis by clicking 

 
icon
 perform analysis or using the "Main Menu, Analysis > Perform Analysis".
 
 

6. When an analysis is completed, analyze the results using load cases or load combinations with various post-processing functions from the Results menu.   

 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis

Figure 6. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -5

 

 
Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis
Figure 7. Mass Distribution Concept for Eigenvalue Analysis -6

 

 

 

 


7. Verification of Spectral Data

 

Let us take the example of Response Spectrum data as per IRC SP 114:2018 using midas Civil. The following data is considered for generating the Response Spectrum Function in midas Civil.

 

Input Data            

Design Spectrum Code                                                         IRC SP 114-2018

Seismic Zone                                                                         III

Zone Factor (Z)                                                                      0.16

Soil Type                                                                                  I (Rock or Hard Soil)

Damping (%)                                                                           5

Damping Multiplying Factor                                                 1

Importance Factor (I)                                                            1.5

Response Reduction factor (R)                                           1.5

Max Period (t) (sec)                                                               4

 

In midas Civil, Enter spectral data for response spectrum analysis. Response Spectrum Analysis calculates modal responses using the natural periods obtained by Eigenvalue analysis. Therefore, the Response Spectrum Function must be defined, which includes the range of the considered natural periods obtained from the Eigenvalue analysis as shown in Fig.8 and Fig.9.

 
Response Spectrum Data
Figure 8. Response Spectrum Data
 
Response Spectrum Function
Figure 9. Response Spectrum Function

 

Design acceleration coefficient for different soil types, normalized with peak ground acceleration Sa/g will be calculated based on the soil type and time period as shown in fig. 10.

 
Spectra for Elastic Response Spectrum Method
Figure 10. Spectra for Elastic Response Spectrum Method
 
function

The function is plotted for time period vs design horizontal seismic coefficient as shown in table 1.

 

The seismic force to be resisted by bridge components shall be computed as follows:

Fh = Ah x (Dead load +Appropriate live load)

 

Where,

Fh = horizontal seismic force to be resisted.

Ah = design horizontal seismic coefficient

 

The design horizontal seismic coefficient shall be determined as follows:

 
horixontal seismic coefficient

The manual calculation is made for the time period with intervals of 0.001 sec till 0.03 sec. Similarly, we need to calculate the Sa/g and corresponding Ah value for the required time period. Table 1 gives the Horizontal Seismic coefficients for different Period Values.

 

For example, T = 0 sec, Sa/g = 2.5,

Ah = (Z/2) x (Sa/g) x (I/R) = (0.16/2) x (2.5) x (1.5/1.5) 

 

Period (sec)

Sa/g

Ah

0

1.0000

0.0800

0.001

1.0150

0.0812

0.002

1.0300

0.0824

0.003

1.0450

0.0836

0.004

1.0600

0.0848

0.005

1.0750

0.0860

0.006

1.0900

0.0872

0.007

1.1050

0.0884

0.008

1.1200

0.0896

0.009

1.1350

0.0908

0.01

1.1500

0.0920

0.011

1.1650

0.0932

0.012

1.1800

0.0944

0.013

1.1950

0.0956

0.014

1.2100

0.0968

0.015

1.2250

0.0980

0.016

1.2400

0.0992

0.017

1.2550

0.1004

0.018

1.2700

0.1016

0.019

1.2850

0.1028

0.02

1.3000

0.1040

0.021

1.3150

0.1052

0.022

1.3300

0.1064

0.023

1.3450

0.1076

0.024

1.3600

0.1088

0.025

1.3750

0.1100

0.026

1.3900

0.1112

0.027

1.4050

0.1124

0.028

1.4200

0.1136

0.029

1.4350

0.1148

0.03

1.4500

0.1160

Table 1. Period vs Seismic Coefficient

 

 

 


8. Summary

 
 

The Response Spectrum Analysis is used to evaluate the dynamic effect of ground motions. In this method the base shear is calculated based on the time period, mass participation of the structure. As an engineer, we need to check the base shear for static seismic as well as for dynamic seismic loads. The critical force will be taken for the design. There are simple analytical methods to verify the forces getting from the Response Spectrum method, though the analysis programs such as midas Civil will be used to optimize the solutions with time.

 
 

 


9. References

 

IRC: 6-2017, Standard Specifications and Code of Practice for Road Bridges, Section: II, Loads and Load Combinations (March 2017)

IRC: SP: 114-2018, Guidelines for Seismic Design of Road Bridges (May 2018)

 

 

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About the Author
Pratap Jadhav | Senior Structural Engineer | MIDAS IT India

Pratap Jadhav is currently working as Senior Structural Engineer at Midas India. He has 4 years of experience in the structural design industry and has been involved in detailed structural analysis and checking for various bridge structures, buildings, industrial shed, etc. In his current profile, he mainly deals with technical support for new Midas users to assist them in practical problem solving during analysis and design.

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