Shaking table testing of retrofitted 3-storey building

I. Anastasopoulos, V. Drosos, N. Antonaki

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    The paper investigates the seismic performance of an existing 3-storey structure, built in the 70's. Not complying with capacity design principles, the structure is prone to soft-storey collapse, calling for retrofit through addition of shear walls. Two alternatives are considered with respect to the foundation: (a) conventional design; and (b) rocking isolation. In the latter case, the foundation is intentionally "under-designed" to fully mobilize its capacity acting as a "fuse". A reduced-scale model of the soil-structure system is tested in the shaking table of the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics. At reduced-scale, it is practically impossible to maintain similarity in terms of stiffness, and achieve the desired bending moment capacity of structural members at the same time. Therefore, each beam-column connection is modeled with artificial plastic hinges. It is shown that the rocking-isolated structure outperforms the conventional design, when subjected to very strong seismic shaking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhysical modelling in geotechnics
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014, ICPMG 2014
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014 - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    Duration: 14 Jan 201417 Jan 2014


    Conference8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014
    Abbreviated titleICPMG 2014
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