Hybrid Broadband Ground-Motion Simulation Using Scenario Earthquakes for the Istanbul Area

  • Owais Ahmad Reshi

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Seismic design, analysis and retrofitting of structures demand an intensive assessment of potential ground motions in seismically active regions. Peak ground motions and frequency content of seismic excitations effectively influence the behavior of structures. In regions of sparse ground motion records, ground-motion simulations provide the synthetic seismic records, which not only provide insight into the mechanisms of earthquakes but also help in improving some aspects of earthquake engineering. Broadband ground-motion simulation methods typically utilize physics-based modeling of source and path effects at low frequencies coupled with high frequency semi-stochastic methods. I apply the hybrid simulation method by Mai et al. (2010) to model several scenario earthquakes in the Marmara Sea, an area of high seismic hazard. Simulated ground motions were generated at 75 stations using systematically calibrated model parameters. The region-specific source, path and site model parameters were calibrated by simulating a
Date of AwardApr 13 2016
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Science and Engineering
SupervisorMartin Mai (Supervisor)


  • Earthquakes
  • Hybrid Broadband
  • Simulation
  • Istanbul
  • Scenario Earthquakes

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