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Volume 120, 2017International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials & Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Sustainable Structural Systems|
|Published online||09 August 2017|
Performance of wire rope isolators in the seismic protection of equipment
University of Sharjah, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, P.O.BOX 27272, University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Different isolation systems are currently employed to protect sensitive equipment and their hosting structures from undesirable vibrations originating from earthquake ground motions. Wire rope isolator (WRI), a type of passive isolator is known to be effective in isolating the vibrations and shock, can be used for vibration isolation of structures and equipment. The aim of the present work is to study the performance of WRIs in mitigating the vibrational response of equipment mounted on the upper floor of a multi-story structure using numerical simulations. In multistoried buildings, the upper floors experience significantly amplified accelerations than the lower floors and hence the sensitive equipment requires an effective vibration isolation system. The present study shows that the WRI can provide an effective isolation by reducing the equipment acceleration through its lateral flexibility while satisfying the displacement demand. The Performance of the WRI was assessed considering six different earthquake excitations in a series of numerical simulations. The influence of flexibility of the structure on the performance of the WRI is also reported.
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