Performance-based earthquake engineering in a lower-seismicity region: South Korea

Han Seon Lee, Ki Hyun Jeong

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Over the last three decades, Performance-based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE) has been mainly developed for high seismicity regions. Although information is abundant for PBEE throughout the world, the application of PBEE to lower-seismicity regions, such as those where the magnitude of the maximum considered earthquake (MCE) is less than 6.5, is not always straightforward because some portions of PBEE may not be appropriate for such regions due to geological differences between high- and low-seismicity regions. This paper presents a brief review of state-of-art PBEE methodologies and introduces the seismic hazard of lower-seismicity regions, including those of the Korean Peninsula, with their unique characteristics. With this seismic hazard, representative low-rise RC MRF structures and high-rise RC wall residential structures are evaluated using PBEE. Also, the range of the forces and deformations of the representative building structures under the design earthquake (DE) and the MCE of South Korea are presented. These reviews are used to propose some ideas to improve the practice of state-of-art PBEE in lower-seismicity regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-65
Number of pages21
JournalEarthquake and Structures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research presented herein was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2009-0078771), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea (17AUDP-B066083-05), the Ministry of Public Safety and Security of Korea (MPSS-NH-2013-70), and the Korea University Grant. The authors are grateful for the supports of these bodies.

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© 2018 Techno-Press, Ltd.


  • Korean Peninsula
  • Lower-seismicity regions
  • Performance-based earthquake engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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