After Hyogo South Area earthquake, a new seismic design method considering non-elastic deformation behavior is established against Level 2 earthquake (Safety Shutdown Earthquake) in the Seismic Design Code of High-pressure Gas Facilities in Japan. In this paper, this method is applied for an evaluation of existing structures supporting loading-arms in LNG Receiving Terminal. A procedure of pre-earthquake seismic upgrading and modification of the structures that are supported by platforms and supporting loading-arms is introduced. In this evaluation, the seismic loads taking into account of interaction among platforms, structures, and loading-arms are analyzed as total systems. And yield strength design method is applied. Then for the seismic design of loading-arms, floor response spectrums on the installation level are presented. After upgrading the platforms in this case, seismic evaluation of loading-arms based on this study will be performed. So the effect of changing its stiffness is studied. Also to evaluate the dynamic loads subjected to the loading-arms, they are compared with seismic loads that are derived from modified static coefficient method of the seismic design code. Thus with studies of vibration characteristics as total systems, it is possible to make effective and economical countermeasures for pre-earthquake seismic upgrading and modification of the structures and loading-arms.

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