This paper proposes a new damper that can change the damping force depending on the response displacement and response velocity. The proposed damper reduces the damage of seismic-isolated structures which undergo excessive deformation during huge earthquakes, without lowering the performance of the seismic-isolation system during medium to small magnitude earthquakes. We investigate the effects of using the proposed attenuator on the responses of a superstructure model to seismic motion that causes collision with retaining walls. An experiment using a shaking table is conducted, and the results from the test are compared with those from numerical analyses. The test results agree approximately with the numerical analysis results except for the absolute acceleration results in collision cases.
Akiko Kishida, Nao Nishimura, Yuki Yamashita, Kenzo Taga, Hideo Fujitani, and Yoichi Mukai, "Response reduction methods for base isolated buildings with collision to retaining walls," Proc. SPIE 10168, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017, 1016810 (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 28, 2017; Published: 12 April 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256229.
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