Abstract

Results of probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA) depend on the soil conditions of the site investigated. Consequently, it is generally expected that disaggregation, usually employed to gather further information about hazard levels of interest, changes with the soil class. This short note discusses the relationship between hazard curves and disaggregations computed for different soil conditions at the same site. In particular, it is analytically proven that there are cases, depending on the structure of the ground‐motion prediction equations employed, in which disaggregations for different soil conditions are necessarily invariant. It is also demonstrated that, in these situations, hazard curves for different soil conditions can be immediately obtained from a curve developed for a reference soil class. The analytical proofs derived do not require any further testing or validation; nevertheless, the results are illustrated via simple case studies to show how they may imply applicative advantages both in the cases of single‐model and logic tree PSHA.

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