Compliance criteria for damage limitation

An earthquake represents for the structure a demand to accommodate a given energy input Clauses 2.2.1(1), or given imposed dynamic displacements. Seismic damage to structural elements, or even to 2.2.3(I)

non-structural ones that follow the deformations of the structure, is due to deformations induced by the seismic response. Consistent with this reality, Eurocode 8 states that compliance criteria for the damage limitation limit state (i.e. performance level) should be expressed in terms of deformation limits. For equipment mounted or supported on the structure, limits relevant to damage may be expressed in terms of response accelerations at the positions of the equipment supports.

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