Keywords: Ground motion intensity measure; Jerk; Time derivation of acceleration; RC buildings; Masonry Buildings


It is a common procedure to use a single parameter because of its simplicity to represent the seismic
action in a particular region and describe its complex nature. This single parameter generally is known as
ground motion intensity measure IM. The time derivative of acceleration, commonly known as jerk, is met
in a limited number of such studies and specifically in earthquake engineering. For that purpose, this
paper presents a study on the performance of using seismic jerk as ground motion IM. Several typical RC
frame buildings of different numbers of stories were selected. The nonlinear time-history analysis is
performed while the buildings are exposed to twenty-seven natural earthquake records using ETABS
software. The maximum displacement at the top of the building is selected as the structural response
parameter. Several widely used IMs were defined in addition to the jerk and its based parameters. After
performing a large number of nonlinear analyses and applying machine learning, best feature subsets that
present relation between response parameter and considered intensity measures were obtained. For
structures with low nonlinearity in behavior, jerk- based parameters were shown to be effective.


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How to Cite
YASEEN, A. A., AHMED, M. S., & AL-KAMAKI, Y. S. S. (2021). THE POSSIBILITY OF USING JERK PARAMETERS AS SEISMIC INTENSITY MEASURE. Journal of Duhok University, 23(2), 254-277. Retrieved from