Multi-hazard performance assessment of a transfer-plate high-rise building

Xiangming Zhou, You Lin Xu

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Many urban areas are located in regions of moderate seismicity and are subjected to strong wind. Buildings in these regions are often designed without seismic provisions. As a result, in the event of an earthquake, the potential for damage and loss of lives may not be known. In this paper, the performance of a typical high-rise building with a thick transfer plate (TP), which is one type of building structure commonly found in Hong Kong, is assessed against both earthquake and wind hazards. Seismic-and wind-resistant performance objectives are first reviewed based on relevant codes and design guidelines for high-rise buildings. After a brief introduction of wind-resistant design of the building, various methodologies, including equivalent static load analysis (ESLA), response spectrum analysis (RSA), pushover analysis (POA), linear and nonlinear time-history analysis (LTHA and NTHA), are employed to assess the seismic performance of the building when subjected to frequent earthquakes, design based earthquakes and maximum credible earthquakes. The effects of design wind and seismic action with a common 50-year return period are also compared. The results indicate that most performance objectives can be satisfied by the building, but there are some objectives, such as inter-story drift ratio, that cannot be achieved when subjected to the frequent earthquakes. It is concluded that in addition to wind, seismic action may need to be explicitly considered in the design of buildings in regions of moderate seismicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-382
Number of pages12
JournalEarthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • High-rise building
  • Moderate seismicity
  • Multi-hazard
  • Performance-based design
  • Pushover analysis
  • Seismic
  • Transferplate
  • Wind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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