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Seismic Mitigation Assessment of Building Using Multiple Direction Optimized-Friction Pendulum System

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C. S. Tsai, Wen-Shin Chen, Yung-Chang Lin, Chi-Lu Lin

Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Paper No. PVP2008-61366, pp. 149-158; 10 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4831-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3828-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


In order to prevent a building near a fault from earthquake damage, in this study an advanced base isolation system called the multiple direction optimized-friction pendulum system (Multiple DO-FPS or MDO-FPS) is proposed and examined to address its mechanical behavior through the finite element formulation and evaluate its efficiency in seismic mitigation through a series of shaking table tests. On the basis of the finite element formulation, it is revealed that the natural period, the capacity of the bearing displacement and damping effect for the Multiple Direction Optimized-Friction Pendulum System (Multiple DO-FPS) change continually during earthquakes. Therefore, the MDO-FPS isolator can avoid possibility of resonance of enriched frequencies from ground motions and provide an efficient capacity of the bearing displacement and damping during the earthquakes. Simultaneously, the shaking table test results also illustrate that the Multiple DO-FPS isolator possesses an outstanding seismic mitigation capabilities.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Friction , Pendulums



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