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3103F.1 General
Section 3103F establishes the environmental and operating loads acting on the marine oil terminal (MOT) structures and on moored vessel(s). The analysis procedures are presented in Sections 3104F — 3107F.
3103F.2 Dead Loads
3103F.2.1 General
Dead loads shall include the weight of the entire structure, including permanent attachments such as loading arms, pipelines, deck crane, fire monitor tower, gangway structure, vapor control equipment and mooring hardware. Unit weights specified in Section 3103F.2.2 may be used for MOT structures if actual weights are not available.
3103F.2.2 Unit Weights
The unit weights in Table 31F-3-1 may be used for both existing and new MOTs.
TABLE 31F-3-1
UNIT WEIGHTS
MATERIALUNIT WEIGHT (pcf)*
Steel or cast steel490
Cast iron450
Aluminum alloys175
Timber (untreated)40-50
Timber (treated)45-60
Concrete, reinforced (normal weight)145-160
Concrete, reinforced (lightweight)90-120
Asphalt paving150
* pounds per cubic foot
3103F.2.3 Equipment and Piping Area Loads
The equipment and piping area loads in Table 31F-3-2 may be used, as a minimum, in lieu of detailed as-built data.
TABLE 31F-3-2
EQUIPMENT AND PIPING AREA LOADS
LOCATIONAREA LOADS (psf)***
Open areas20*
Areas containing equipment and piping35**
Trestle roadway20*
* Allowance for incidental items such as railings, lighting, miscellaneous equipment, etc.
** 35 psf is for miscellaneous general items such as walkways, pipe supports, lighting and instrumentation. Major equipment weight shall be established and added into this weight for piping manifold, valves, deck crane, fire monitor tower, gangway structure and similar ma/or equipment.
*** pounds per square foot
3103F.3 Live Loads and Buoyancy
The following vertical live loading shall be considered, where appropriate: uniform loading, truck loading, crane loading and buoyancy. Additionally, MOT specific, nonpermanent equipment shall be identified and used in loading computations.
3103F.4 Earthquake Loads
3103F.4.1 General
Earthquake loads are described in terms of Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA), spectral acceleration and earthquake magnitude. The required seismic analysis procedures (Tables 31F-4-1 and 31F-4-2) are dependent on the spill classification obtained from Table 31F-1-1.


TABLE 31F-4-1
SEISMIC PERFORMANCE CRITERIA1, 2
SPILL CLASSIFICATION3SEISMIC PERFORMANCE LEVELPROBABILITY OF EXCEEDANCERETURN PERIOD
HighLevel 150% in 50 years72 years
Level 210% in 50 years475 years
MediumLevel 165% in 50 years48 years
Level 215% in 50 years308 years
LowLevel 175% in 50 years36 years
Level 220% in 50 years224 years
  1. For new MOTs, see Section 3104F.3.
  2. For marine terminals transferring LNG, return periods of 72 and 475 years shall be used for Levels 1 and 2, respectively.
  3. See Section 3101F.6 for spill classification.
TABLE 31F-4-2
MINIMUM REQUIRED ANALYTICAL PROCEDURES
SPILL CLASSIFICATION1CONFIGURATIONSUBSTRUCTURE MATERIALDISPLACEMENT DEMAND PROCEDUREDISPLACEMENT CAPACITY PROCEDURE
High/MediumIrregularConcrete/SteelLinear ModalNonlinear Static
High/MediumRegularConcrete/SteelNonlinear Static2Nonlinear Static
LowRegular/IrregularConcrete/SteelNonlinear StaticNonlinear Static
High/Medium/LowRegular/IrregularTimberNonlinear StaticNonlinear Static
  1. See Section 3101F.6 for spill classification.
  2. Linear modal demand procedure may be required for cases where more than one mode is expected to contribute to the displacement demand.
3103F.4.2 Design Earthquake Motion Parameters
The earthquake ground motion parameters of peak ground acceleration, spectral acceleration and earthquake magnitude are modified for site amplification and near fault directivity effects. The resulting values are the Design Peak Ground Acceleration (DPGA), Design Spectral Acceleration (DSA) and Design Earthquake Magnitude (DEM).
For Site Classes A through E (Section 3103F.4.2.1), peak ground and design spectral accelerations may be obtained from:
  1. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published data as discussed in Section 3103F.4.2.2, or
  2. A site-specific probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA) as discussed in Section 3103F.4.2.3.
Site-specific PSHA is required for Site Class F.
Unless stated otherwise, the DSA values are for 5 percent damping; values at other levels may be obtained as per Section 3103F.4.2.9.
The appropriate probability levels associated with DPGA and DSA for different seismic performance levels are provided in Table 31F-4-1. Deterministic earthquake motions, which are used only for comparison to the probabilistic results, are addressed in Section 3103F.4.2.7.
The evaluation of Design Earthquake Magnitude (DEM), is discussed in Section 3103F.4.2.8. This parameter is required when acceleration time histories (Section 3103F.4.2.10) are addressed or if liquefaction potential (Section 3106F.4) is being evaluated.
3103F.4.2.1 Site Classes
The following Site Classes, defined in Section 3106F.2, shall be used in developing values of DSA and DPGA:
A, B, C, D, E and F
For Site Class F, a site-specific response analysis is required per Section 3103F.4.2.5.
3103F.4.2.2 Earthquake Motions From USGS Maps
Earthquake ground motion parameters can be obtained directly from the US Seismic Design Maps tool available at the USGS website (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/designmaps/us/application.php) for the site condition(s) appropriate for the MOT site and the selected probability of exceedance. For this purpose, select the "2013 ASCE 41" as the design code reference document (based on 2008 USGS hazard data available), "Custom" under the Earthquake Hazard Level option, required Probability of Exceedance (in 50 years), and appropriate Site Soil Classification(s) for the MOT site. The USGS tool directly provides the peak ground and spectral accelerations for the selected hazard level and site condition(s).
The alternative method of obtaining earthquake ground motion parameters, from the most current USGS data for selected hazard level and site condition(s), is permitted. If needed, the data for appropriate probability of exceedance may be obtained using the procedure described in Chapter 1 of FEMA 356 [3.1], and corrected for the MOT site as discussed in Section 3103F.4.2.4 or Section 3103F.4.2.5.
3103F.4.2.3 Earthquake Motions From Site-Specific Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analyses
Site-specific Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) shall use appropriate seismic sources and their characterization, attenuation relationships, probability of exceedance, and site soil conditions. Site-specific PSHA shall be conducted by a qualified California registered civil engineer with a California authorization as a geotechnical engineer per Section 3102F.3.4.8.
If site-specific PSHA is used for Site Classes A, B, C, D or E, results from the site-specific PSHA shall be compared with those from the USGS published data as described in Section 3103F.4.2.2. If the two sets of values differ significantly, a justification for using the characterization chosen shall be provided. If DPGA and DSA from site-specific PSHA are less than 80 percent of the values from USGS data, a peer review may be required.
3103F.4.2.4 Simplified Evaluation of Site Amplification Effects
When the MOT site class is different from the Site Classes B to C boundary, site amplification effects shall be incorporated in peak ground accelerations and spectral accelerations. This may be accomplished using a simplified method or a site-specific evaluation (Section 3103F.4.2.5).
For a given site class, the following procedure from Chapter 1 of FEMA 356 [3.1] presents a simplified method that may be used to incorporate the site amplification effects for peak ground acceleration and spectral acceleration computed for the Site Classes B and C boundary.
  1. Calculate the spectral acceleration values at 0.20 and 1.0 second period:
    (3-1)
    (3-2)
    where:
    Fa= site coefficient obtained from Table 31F-3-3
    Fv=site coefficient obtained from Table 31F-3-4
    SS=short period (usually at 0.20 seconds) spectral acceleration value (for the boundary of Site Classes B and C) obtained using Section 3103F.4.2.2, or at the period corresponding to the peak in spectral acceleration values when obtained from Section 3103F.4.2.3
    S1=spectral acceleration value (for the boundary of Site Classes B and C) at 1.0 second period
    SXS=spectral acceleration value obtained using the short period Ss and factored by Table 31F-3-3 for the site class under consideration.
    SX1=spectral acceleration value obtained using the 1.0 second period S1 and factored by Table 31F-3-4 for the site class under consideration.
  2. (3-3)
    where:
    PGAX=peak ground acceleration corresponding to the site class under consideration.
    When the value of PGAX is less than the peak ground acceleration obtained following Section 3103F.4.2.2 or Section 3103F.4.2.3, an explanation of the results shall be provided.
  3. PGAX, SXS, and SX1 constitute three spectral acceleration values for the site class under consideration corresponding to periods of 0, SS (usually 0.2 seconds), and 1.0 second, respectively.
  4. The final response spectra, without consideration for near-fault directivity effects, values of Sa for the site class under consideration may be obtained using the following equations (for 5 percent critical damping):
    (3-4)
    where:
    T=Period corresponding to calculated Sa
    T0=Period at which the constant acceleration and constant velocity regions of the design spectrum intersect
    for 0.2T0 < T < T0
    (3-5)
    for T0 > T0
    (3-6)
    where:
    (3-7)
    The resulting PGAX is the DPGA. However, the Sa shall be modified for near-fault directivity effects, per Section 3103F.4.2.6 to obtain the final DSAs.
TABLE 31F-3-3
VALUES OF Fa
SITE CLASSSs
< 0.250.50.751.0> 1.25
A0.80.80.80.80.8
B1.01.01.01.01.0
C1.21.21.11.01.0
D1.61.41.21.11.0
E2.51.71.20.90.9
F*****
Note: Linear interpolation can he used to estimate values of Fa for intermediate values of Ss.
* Site-specific dynamic site response analysis shall be performed.
TABLE 31F-3-4
VALUES OF Fv
SITE CLASSS1
< 0.10.20.30.4> 0.5
A0.80.80.80.80.8
B1.01.01.01.01.0
C1.71.61.51.41.3
D2.42.01.81.61.5
E3.53.22.82.42.4
F*****
Note: Linear interpolation can he used to estimate values of Fv for intermediate values of S1.
* Site-specific dynamic site response analysis shall be performed.
3103F.4.2.5 Site-Specific Evaluation of Amplification Effects
As an alternative to the procedure presented in Section 3103F.4.2.4, a site-specific response analysis may be performed. For Site Class F a site-specific response analysis is required. The analysis shall be either an equivalent linear or nonlinear analysis. Appropriate acceleration time histories as discussed in Section 3103F.4.2.10 shall be used.
In general, an equivalent linear analysis using, for example, SHAKE91 [3.2] is acceptable when the strength and stiffness of soils are unlikely to change significantly during the seismic shaking, and the level of shaking is not large. A nonlinear analysis should be used when the strength and/or stiffness of soils could significantly change during the seismic shaking or significant nonlinearity of soils is expected because of high seismic shaking levels.
The choice of the method used in site response analysis shall be justified considering the expected stress-strain behavior of soils under the shaking level considered in the analysis.
Site-specific site response analysis may be performed using one-dimensional analysis. However, to the extent that MOTs often involve slopes or earth retaining structures, the one-dimensional analysis should be used judiciously. When one-dimensional analysis cannot be justified or is not adequate, two-dimensional equivalent linear or nonlinear response analysis shall be performed. Site-specific response analysis results shall be compared to those based on the simplified method of Section 3103F.4.2.4 for reasonableness.
The peak ground accelerations obtained from this site-specific evaluation are DPGAs and the spectral accelerations are DSAs as long as the near-fault directivity effects addressed in Section 3103F.4.2.6 are appropriately incorporated into the time histories (Section 3103F.4.2.10).
3103F.4.2.6 Directivity Effects
When the site is 15 km (9.3 miles) or closer to a seismic source that can significantly affect the site, near-fault directivity effects shall be reflected in the spectral acceleration values and in the deterministic spectral acceleration values of Section 3103F.4.2.7.
Two methods are available for incorporating directivity effects:
  1. Directivity effects may be reflected in the spectral acceleration values in a deterministic manner by using well established procedures such as that described in Somerville, et al. [3.3]. The critical seismic sources and their characterization developed as part of the deterministic ground motion parameters (Section 3103F.4.2.7) should be used to evaluate the directivity effects. The resulting adjustments in spectral acceleration values may be applied in the probabilistic spectral acceleration values developed per Section 3103F.4.2.4 or 3103F.4.2.5. Such adjustment can be independent of the probability levels of spectral accelerations.
  2. Directivity effects may be incorporated in the results of site specific PSHA per Section 3103F.4.2.3. In this case, the directivity effects will also depend on the probability level of spectral accelerations.
If spectral accelerations are obtained in this manner, the effects of site amplification using either Section 3103F.4.2.4, 3103F.4.2.5 or an equivalent method (if justified) shall be incorporated.
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