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Taiwan Conditional Prediction Equation for Horizontal PGD for Crustal Sources

Chih Hsuan Sung1, Norman Abrahamson1, and Jyun Yan Huang2
Chih Hsuan Sung et al.
  • 1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, U. S. A (,
  • 2National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taipei, Taiwan (

A conditional ground-motion model (GMM) is developed for peak ground displacement (PGD)for Taiwan. The conditional GMM includes the observed pseudo-spectral acceleration (PSA(T)) as an input parameter in addition to magnitude and distance. The conditional PGD model can be combined with the traditional GMMs for PSA values to develop a GMM for PGD without the dependence on PSA. The main advantages of the conditional model approach are that it can be quickly developed, is easily understandable, can fully capture the magnitude, distance, and site scaling of the secondary parameters that are compatible with the design response spectral values, and also has much smaller aleatory variability than traditional GMMs. In this study, we use part of the database of Taiwan SSHAC Level 3 project (13691 strong-motion records from 158 crustal events occurred between 1992 and 2018 with 4.5 ≤ Mw ≤ 7.65) to develop a new conditional scaling model for horizontal PGD consisted from the suite period of the PSA, rupture distance and moment magnitude. Furthermore, we combine this conditional model with each of two SSHAC Level 3 models and NGA-West2 ground-motion models for PSA(T) to derived new GMMs for the median and standard deviation of PGD. The results show that the new PGD GMMs include the more complex ground-motion scaling which capture from the GMMs of PSA, such as hanging-wall effects, sediment-depth effects, soil nonlinearity effects, and regionalization effects.

How to cite: Sung, C. H., Abrahamson, N., and Huang, J. Y.: Taiwan Conditional Prediction Equation for Horizontal PGD for Crustal Sources, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9345,, 2020

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