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Buildings, Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The assessment of rocking and overturning response of rigid blocks under earthquakes is a complex [...] Read more. The assessment of rocking and overturning response of rigid blocks under earthquakes is a complex task, due to its high sensitivity to input motion, variations in geometry and dissipation issues. Additional difficulties arise when rigid blocks simulate masonry walls characterized by a monolithic behavior, also involving the modeling of restrained rocking blocks. The literature review includes rigid block dynamics with probabilistic and experimental approaches, static force and displacement-based approaches, mostly based on limit analysis theory, but also some recent simplified approaches based on the critical rocking response and the worst-case scenario. View this paper