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Appendix E API 650 Convective and Impulsive acceleration

Appendix E API 650 Convective and Impulsive acceleration

A calculation is performed according to appendix E with peak acceleration "Sp" and also is tried with design spectral response parameter Sa, Sa0, Sa*. In all cases the result is that impulsive accelaration is less than convective acceleration,  Ai<Ac. According to equation E. impulsive shall be higher. API is not indicating in that case how to proceed, Do we have any alternative?, How we can solve it?

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RE: Appendix E API 650 Convective and Impulsive acceleration

I don't have the standard here in front of me, but the equation I'm remembering is an equation that says Ac = "XXXX" < Ai.  The intent is that you calculate the "XXXX" part but that Ac need not exceed Ai, so if it calculates higher, then just set Ac = Ai.

This would be kind of unusual, so it'd be an indication to double check everything.

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