# direction séisme

## English translation: earthquake axis

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 French term or phrase: direction séisme English translation: earthquake axis Entered by:

 11:51 Feb 17, 2009
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering
 French term or phrase: direction séisme For specifications of constructing earthquake-proof buildings: Des méthodes statiques simplifiées, linéaires ou non linéaires, peuvent être utilisées ; leur utilisation est associée à des conditions de régularité des structures permettant d'attendre un comportement dynamique simple des ouvrages (mode de déformation prépondérant par direction de séisme, sans effet de couplage avec les autres directions).
 irishpolyglotIreland Local time: 12:14
 earthquake axis Explanation:They are just saying that they can calculate the effects of an earthquake on each axis (x/y/z) independantly without worrying about, for example, forces on the x axis having results on the y or z axes.
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Terry Richards
France
Local time: 13:14
 This makes sense, it later specifically mentions x, y, z movements. Thanks!4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4earthquake directionxxxBourth
4earthquake axisTerry Richards

56 mins   confidence:
earthquake axis

Explanation:
They are just saying that they can calculate the effects of an earthquake on each axis (x/y/z) independantly without worrying about, for example, forces on the x axis having results on the y or z axes.

 Terry RichardsFranceLocal time: 13:14Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 71
 This makes sense, it later specifically mentions x, y, z movements. Thanks!

4 hrs   confidence:
earthquake direction

Explanation:
I think we're talking x/y axes, here, i.e. horizontal directions, not vertical (z) movement. A rectangular building, for instance, will behave differently if the ground movement is along its long axis or short axis/

There's site out there referring to the "earthquake direction" being parallel or perpendicular to shear walls ....

 xxxBourthLocal time: 13:14Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 4135
 Asker: Thanks! Later in the text it implies that there is also z movement in the earthquake so I thought the other answer was more relevant in this case. Thanks for your input nonetheless!

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