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Design of innovative dynamic systems for seismic response mitigation

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dc.contributor.advisor Jerome J. Connor. en_US
dc.contributor.author Seymour, Douglas (Douglas Benjamin) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T19:01:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T19:01:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/74497
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 97-99). en_US
dc.description.abstract Rocking wall systems consist of shear walls, laterally connected to a building, that are moment-released in their strong plane. Their purpose is to mitigate seismic structural response by constraining a building primarily to a linear fundamental mode. This constraint prevents mid-story failure, and maximizes energy dissipation by activating the maximum number of plastic hinges throughout the structure. This is a useful response mitigation system, but suffers from some difficulties, stemming primarily from the considerable mass of the wall. Those difficulties are notably expensive foundations, and very high inertial forces imparted to the building, with subsequent need for expensive lateral connectors. The purposes of this work are to analyze current implementations of rocking wall systems, present an early reference on their application, present the first systematic methodology for their design, clarify their analysis, and introduce an alternative structural system that avoids their difficulties. A quasi-static analysis model is used for predicting the seismic mitigation performance of rocking walls and rocking columns. The stiffness matrix is generalized for an N-story building equipped with these structural systems. The model presented enables optimization of the design parameters, and consequently improved system effectiveness, analytical tractability, and material usage. The case study is a rocking wall system installed in a building located in Tokyo, Japan. A software package is developed, providing an illustrative implementation of the methods derived. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Douglas Seymour. en_US
dc.format.extent 172 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.title Design of innovative dynamic systems for seismic response mitigation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 813844640 en_US


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