Analysis of shaking table‐structure interaction effects during seismic simulation tests

Marcial Blondet, Carlos Esparza

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An analytical model is developed to evaluate performance characteristics of unidirectional seismic simulators (shaking tables). The validity of the model is verified with experimental measurements of the frequency response of the shaking table at the Catholic University of Peru. Interaction effects between shaking table and structure are first studied by analysing the response of a two DOF (degree of freedom) oscillator with mechanical properties representative of the actuator‐table‐structure system. A single DOF viscoelastic oscillator representing the structural test specimen is then included in the analytical model of the seismic simulator, and the behaviour of the combined system is evaluated, in the frequency domain, in terms of response stability and accuracy of reproduction of the command signal. Numerical simulations of system response under different load conditions are subsequently performed in order to study the influence of shaking table and test structure characteristics on the interaction phenomenon. The results obtained explain some of the performance degradation observed in seismic simulation tests involving very heavy structures and provide guidelines for the design of more reliable shaking table systems.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)473-490
Número de páginas18
PublicaciónEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
EstadoPublicada - may. 1988
Publicado de forma externa


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