—A representative case study of potential
earthquake-induced pounding between adjacent R/C frame
buildings with insufficient separation gaps is examined in this
paper. The height of the two examined buildings is the same,
but their response is affected by considerable torsional
pounding effects. An upgraded version of the traditional linear
viscoelastic model for the numerical time-history analysis of the
dynamic impact problem is proposed and implemented in the
finite element model of the buildings. The results of the
assessment enquiries carried out in current conditions, and a
damped interconnection-based mitigation solution based on the
incorporation of pressurized fluid-viscous dissipaters across the
inadequate separation gaps, are presented. Evaluations of the
benefits provided by the retrofit intervention, and some of its
technical installation details, are finally offered.
—Damped interconnection, impact models,
mitigation strategies, seismic pounding.
S. Sorace is with the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture,
University of Udine, Via delle Scienze 208, 33100 Udine, Italy
G. Terenzi is with the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, University of Florence, Via di Santa Marta 3, 50139 Florence,
Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:S. Sorace and G. Terenzi, "Damped Interconnection-Based Mitigation of Seismic
Pounding between Adjacent R/C Buildings," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 406-412, 2013.