American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Specifications, Standards, Manuals and Research Reports (1946 - present)

Alternative Title

TM 5-809-10


This updated manual with revised seismic design provisions governs the design and construction of Army, Navy, and Air Force facilities and supersedes the April 1973 issue. Basic criteria are stated herein with augmentations and clarifications of the criteria. Also, commentary and design examples are included to provide comprehensive applications and guidelines for the seismic-resistant design of facilities. The organization of the manual has been revised to present the topics in a more orderly manner. The dynamic analysis approach for seismic design is not covered but its use is not precluded in this manual.

The basic criteria cited are the "Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary" as published by the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). The design concepts and applications for the design of: (1) supports for electrical, mechanical end architectural elements and (2) structures other than buildings, have been revised. The applications of essential, high risk and other occupancy type structures are included with the use of the importance factors vice high-loss potential and low-loss potential facilities in the 1973 issue.

The general direction for the revision of the manual was by a Department of Defense Tri-Services Seismic Design Committee, i.e., representatives of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, US Army; Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Headquarters, US Navy; and Directorate of Engineering and Services, Headquarters, US Air Force. Detailed development of the manual was under the direction of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, DC and the US Army Division Engineer, South Pacific, San Francisco, California.

Coordination was maintained with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command at Headquarters, Washington, DC, and Western Division, San Bruno, California; and US Air Force Civil Engineering Offices at Headquarters, Washington, DC, and Western Regional Office, San Francisco, California.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


Department of the Army, The Navy, and the Air Force

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures


Department of the Army, The Navy, and the Air Force

Publication Date

01 Feb 1982

Document Version

Final Version


© 1982 Department of the Army, The Navy, and the Air Force, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Technical Report

File Type