Relative displacement is a parameter that has a very high correlation with damage. The objective of this article is to develop an analysis procedure founded on the displacement-based seismic design methodology. Generalized interstory drift spectrum is applied as an essential tool in this new method called drift pushover analysis. In order to evaluate the behavior of structures, three demand parameters—lateral displacement, story shear, and plastic hinge rotation—are computed with conventional pushover analysis (CPA), modal pushover analysis (MPA), and drift pushover analysis (DPA), and are compared with those of the nonlinear time history analysis (NTA). It is observed that the new method, DPA, predicts the peak response measures more precisely and with less effort than the other nonlinear pushover procedures investigated in this study.

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