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Experimental Study of a Full Scale Building Isolated With Multiple Friction Pendulum System With Multiple Sliding Interfaces

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C. S. Tsai, Y. M. Wang, H. C. Su

Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan

Paper No. PVP2011-57352, pp. 39-48; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4458-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Presented in this paper is the performance evaluation of the multiple friction pendulum system (MFPS) with multiple sliding interfaces on seismic mitigation through a series of shaking table tests of a full scale MFPS-isolated building. In the tests, a three-story steel building of 40 tons in total weight, 3m and 4.5m in two horizontal directions and 9m in height, was equipped with MFPS isolators each with 4 sliding interfaces and subjected to various types of earthquakes to examine the efficiency of the isolators in reducing seismic response of a structure. Experimental results from shaking table tests tells that the roof accelerations, base shears, column shear forces have been significantly lessened with negligible residual displacements in the isolators while compared to the responses of a fixed-base structure.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Friction , Pendulums



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