Publication Date

Summer 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Kurt M. McMullin


Inelastic Analysis, Seismic Loading

Subject Areas

Civil engineering


Two nonlinear pushover analyses and three displacement-controlled time history analyses of two precast concrete panel assemblies were completed. The analytical software used was SAP2000 (version 15.0.0). The precast concrete panel modeled was a three-dimensional single panel connected to a one-story, one-bay, concrete-reinforced structural frame with four flexing rods and two bearing connections. The results showed that static analysis is suitable to predict only dynamic analysis with a long input period of vibrations (low acceleration vibrations). As the period of input vibration neared the fundamental period of vibration of the precast concrete panel, the maximum value of forces developed in connections increased. The amplification ratio for both models decreased as the period of the input vibrations varied from 100 to 0.32 s, and the amount of time that each flexing rod experienced a local maximum of force changed for the periods of input vibrations of 100, 1, and 0.32 s.