PRODUCTION OF ENDURANCE TIME EXCITATION FUNCTIONS: THE CMA EVOLUTION STRATEGY APPROACH

10.22099/ijstc.2013.1794

Abstract

Endurance Time (ET) method is a recently developed response-history based analysis
procedure for seismic assessment and structural design in which structures are subjected to a
predesigned intensifying excitation function, and their performance is evaluated based on their
response at different excitation levels. Generating efficient excitation functions, which is essential
for functionality of the method, leads to a complex large-scale optimization problem. In this paper,
the Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES), which has found many
applications in solving continuous optimization problems, is employed to produce the excitation
functions. The results reveal the good performance of the algorithm in generating ET excitation
functions (ETEF) with reasonable accuracy and time efficiency.

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