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Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
March 2010, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 75-82

A new seismic isolation system and its feasibility study

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This paper introduces a new seismic isolation system called a periodic foundation (PF), where inclusions are periodically
arranged. The PF is different from traditional base isolation in that it causes a fundamental frequency shift in the structure, thus
reducing its response and generating a frequency gap. If the frequency contents of a seismic wave fall into the gap, it can not
propagate in the foundation. Thus, it will exert no influence on the structure above. A systematic study of the band of
frequency gap for a 2D PF is conducted. The influence of physical and geometrical parameters such as density and elastic
modulus as well as filling fraction of the PF and its materials on the band of frequency gap are investigated, and a design with
a frequency gap as low as 2.493.72 Hz is achieved. This band of frequency gap corresponds well to the design spectra in
earthquake engineering. Numerical simulations of a six-story frame structure with different foundations demonstrate that a
proposed PF can greatly reduce the seismic response of an isolated structure. This investigation shows that PFs have great
potential in future applications of seismic isolation technology.

Supported by: National Natural Science Foundation of China Under Grant No.90715006
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A new seismic isolation system and its feasibility study
Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
Volume 9, Issue 1 , pp 75-82
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Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration
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Geotechnical Engineering & Applied Earth Sciences

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seismic isolation

periodic foundation

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Gaofeng Jia (1)

Zhifei Shi (1)

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1. School of Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, 100044, China

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