Earthquake Induced Damage Estimation in Steel Buildings
This work presents a method for estimating the expected damage caused by an earthquake on steel buildings in Puerto Rico. Since Puerto Rico is located between a series of tectonic faults, buildings could suffer the damages caused by a major earthquake. The objective of this research is to develop the information needed for insurance companies to estimate the earthquake damage of steel buildings in a simple and practical way. Steel buildings typically found in Puerto Rico have been analyzed, considering their response to many acceleration time histories and the statistical data recorded. With this data, curves which indicate the probability of a certain damage to occur, were created. A cost per square foot has been assigned to each damage state; this cost is then multiplied by the probability of damage for each damage state and the final cost for the total damage is obtained.