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NICARAGUA SEISMIC DESIGN CODE

Code Name: Construction Regulation (Reglamento Nacional de la Construccion RNC-07)
Issued by: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
(Ministerio de Transporte e Infraestructura)
Revision 1983, 2007

Horizontal Base Force

The seismic coefficient of the structure can be calculated by the static equivalent
method, as follows:
V0
c=

S(2.7*a0)
=

W0

Q'Ω

The coefficient c, always shall be higher that (S)(a 0)
where:
S = Amplification factor due to soil type (see Table 1 andTable 2, and Figure
1)
a0 = Peak ground acceleration, its value is correspondent to
spectral acceleration when the period of the estructure is zero
(T = 0) (see Figure 2 & Table 3)
Q' = Reduction factor due to ductile behavior of the structure
Ω = Reduction factor due to overstrenght (Ω=2)

where:
Q = Ductile capacity of the structure (see Table 4)
T=
(1) Fundamental period of the structure (static method)
(2) Natural period of vibration of the correspondent mode
considered, when the modal dynamic analysis be used.

the acceleration value which shall be used will be determined as follows (See Figure 2): where: S = Amplification factor due to soil type (see Table 1 andTable 2) a0 = Peak ground acceleration.1s. between Ta and Tb (see Figure 2) Note: For structures of Group B and C.Tc = characteristic period defined by the design spectrum (Ta = 0. Ta.Tb.Ta. a0 coefficient shall be multiplied by 1. Tb = 0. when the modal dynamic analysis be used.Tb = characteristic period defined by the design spectrum (see Figure 2) Spectrum for static analysis and dynamic analysis For static and dynamic analysis. a0 will select from the isoacceleration map (see Figure 3) For structures of Group A.5 .6s and Tc = 2 s) (see Figure 2) d = S(2.7*a0) (Region of the design spectrum with spectral acceleration constant. its value is correspondent to spectral acceleration when the period of the estructure is zero (T = 0) (see Figure 2 & Table 3) T= (1) Fundamental period of the structure (static method) (2) Natural period of vibration of the correspondent mode considered.

. The soils susceptible to suffer liquefaction damage are not included in any case.*For soft soil. is necessary a special study (response spectrum).

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Figure Nicaragua 3 Isoacceleration map with coefficients a0 to define the spectrum design into the Nicaraguan territories for structures of the Group B and C. for structures of Group A.5 (Table 4) . the a0 coefficient shall be multiplied by 1.