Document Type

Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering paper

Publication details

Gu, X, Li, J, Li, Y 2014, 'Innovative semi-active storey isolation system utilising novel magneto-rheological elastomer base isolators', in ST Smith (ed.), 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), vol. II, Byron Bay, NSW, 9-12 December, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, pp. 925-930. ISBN: 9780994152008.

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Seismic base isolation has been a widely adopted technique for earthquake protection of civil infrastructures. As the technology matures, new innovative designs of the base isolation systems become increasingly attractive to researchers, especially storey base isolation systems due to its design flexibility and better performance for seismic protection. Moreover, considering the unpredictable and diverse nature of earthquakes, the conventional base isolation systems have reached their limit due to their inherent passive nature which is incapable to adjust their isolation frequencies according to the characteristics of the earthquakes. A recent advance on the development of an adaptive magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) base isolator provides an opportunity for the research and development on new adaptive base isolation systems. In this paper, an innovative semi-active storey isolation system utilising the novel magneto-rheological elastomer base isolator has been proposed. The proposed isolation system design incorporates adaptive magneto-rheological elastomer isolators under each storey of the structure instead of being only installed beneath of the entire structure. Such innovative system allows high authority semi-active control of storey responses by instantly changing stiffness of the isolator. Extensive simulation has been conducted to investigate such system using 5- storey international benchmark model under four benchmark earthquakes.