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Prediction of the Maximum Seismic Member Force in a Superstructure of a Base-Isolated Frame Building by Using Pushover Analysis

Department of Architecture, Faculty of Creative Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology, Chiba 275-0016, Japan
Buildings 2019, 9(9), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9090201
Received: 13 August 2019 / Revised: 29 August 2019 / Accepted: 3 September 2019 / Published: 5 September 2019
It is essential for the seismic design of a base-isolated building that the seismic response of the superstructure remains within the elastic range. The evaluation of the maximum seismic member force in a superstructure is thus an important issue. The present study predicts the maximum seismic member force of five- and fourteen-story reinforced concrete base-isolated frame buildings adopting pushover analysis. In the first stage of the study, the nonlinear dynamic (time-history) analysis of the base-isolated frame buildings is carried out, and the nonlinear modal responses of the first and second modes are calculated from pushover analysis results. In the second stage, a set of pushover analyses is proposed considering the combination of the first and second modal responses, and predicted maximum member forces are compared with the nonlinear time-history analysis results. Results show that the maximum member forces predicted in the proposed set of pushover analyses are satisfactorily accurate, while the results predicted considering only the first mode are inaccurate. View Full-Text
Keywords: base-isolated building; pushover analysis; higher-mode effect; modal response; member force base-isolated building; pushover analysis; higher-mode effect; modal response; member force
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Fujii, K. Prediction of the Maximum Seismic Member Force in a Superstructure of a Base-Isolated Frame Building by Using Pushover Analysis. Buildings 2019, 9, 201.

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