Seismic vulnerability assessment using the macroseismic method proposed in the framework of Risk-UE project based on the recommendations of the Algerian seismic code RPA99/Version 2003

  • Hadi TaibiEmail author
  • Mourad Ait Youcef
  • Mourad Khellafi
Original Paper


In the context of drawing up strategic seismic prevention plans, the study of seismic vulnerability and the evaluation of fragility curves can help us to better know the state of the structures under study and consequently to decide on the necessary intervention and treatment they require. The present study represents a contribution to the evaluation of seismic vulnerability using the macroseismic approach within the framework of Risk-EU project, and based on the recommendations of the Algerian regulation RPA99/Version 2003. A calculation tool, entitled “Estimation of Fragility Curves”, was developed under MATLAB to estimate the vulnerability index value and to plot the mean damage curve as well as the fragility curves for aim to assess the likelihood of damage that the structure under study might suffer in the event of an earthquake and then to classify that structure.


Vulnerability Seismic behavior Damage Fragility Macroseismic intensity 



The authors would like to present their thanks to Dr. Belheouane for his deep in the evaluation of seismic vulnerability in Algeria and his Ph.D. thesis that helped us to carry out this study.

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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hadi Taibi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mourad Ait Youcef
    • 2
  • Mourad Khellafi
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Development in Mechanic and MaterialsUniversity Zian Achor of DjelfaDjelfaAlgeria
  2. 2.University Zian Achor of DjelfaDjelfaAlgeria

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