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A Practical System for Isolating Structures from Earthquake Attack

Skinner, R. I. and Beck, J. L. and Bycroft, G. N. (1975) A Practical System for Isolating Structures from Earthquake Attack. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 13 (3). pp. 297-309. ISSN 0098-8847.

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The recent development of a range of hysteretic energy absorbers permits practical shock isolation systems to be incorporated in the bases of a wide range of structures. This isolation gives reduced earthquake loads which may be resisted by the normal lateral strength of the structure. Hence a plastic reserve of earthquake resistance is no longer essential. A wider choice of architectural and structural forms is available with such an isolation system. The structures may be designed to prevent structural and non-structural damage with a high degree of reliability. The special hysteretic dampers limit the lateral movement of the base of a structure to a few inches. With these small movements the lateral flexibility required for an isolating system can be conveniently provided, for many structures, by rubber bearings.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1975 John Wiley & Sons. Received 24 May 1974, Revised 14 September 1974. The authors wish to acknowledge the information which many structural designers have given them on current techniques for providing earthquake resistance. Thanks are particularly due to Dr. J. Wood, of the New Zealand Ministry of Works, for discussions on aspects of bridge design.
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