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Dimensional analysis of yielding and pounding structures for records without distinct pulses

Dimitrakopoulos, E. G., Kappos, A. J. & Makris, N. (2009). Dimensional analysis of yielding and pounding structures for records without distinct pulses. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 29(7), pp. 1170-1180. doi: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2009.02.006


The seismic response of two fundamental mechanical configurations of earthquake engineering, the elastic–plastic system and the pounding oscillator, is revisited with the aid of dimensional analysis. Starting from the previous work of the authors which focused on pulse-type excitations, the paper offers an alternative, yet physically motivated, way to present the response of yielding and pounding structures under excitations with arbitrary time history. It is shown, that when the appropriate time and length scales are adopted, dimensional analysis can be implemented and remarkable order emerges in the response. Regardless of the acceleration level and frequency content of the excitation, all response spectra become self-similar and when expressed in dimensionless terms, resulting from dimensional analysis, follow a single master curve. The study proposes such scales together with the associated selection criteria among the available in literature strong ground motion parameters and shows that the proposed approach reduces drastically the scatter in the response.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2009, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: Non-linear structural dynamics; Dimensional analysis; Physical similarity; Earthquake engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering
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