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Optimum Design of Curved Surface Sliders for Minimum Structural Acceleration and Its Sensitivity

Version 1 : Received: 20 January 2018 / Approved: 22 January 2018 / Online: 22 January 2018 (10:33:23 CET)

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Weber, F.; Meier, L.; Distl, J.; Braun, C. Optimum Design of Curved Surface Sliders Based on Site-Specific Seismic Input and Its Sensitivity. Geosciences 2018, 8, 83. Weber, F.; Meier, L.; Distl, J.; Braun, C. Optimum Design of Curved Surface Sliders Based on Site-Specific Seismic Input and Its Sensitivity. Geosciences 2018, 8, 83.

Journal reference: Geosciences 2018, 8, 83
DOI: 10.3390/geosciences8030083

Abstract

The design of curved surface sliders (CSS) based on the elastic response spectrum is done by iteration to find the combination of friction coefficient and displacement capacity which satisfies the condition that the maximum horizontal CSS force is equal to the horizontal force of the structure. Although this CSS design is valid it does not necessarily minimize structural acceleration. This paper therefore describes the optimum CSS design for minimum structural acceleration. All valid CSS designs and the optimum CSS design are represented by their associated trajectory in the elastic response spectrum plane which visualizes the optimization problem. The results demonstrate that the optimum CSS design is not obtained at maximum tolerated effective damping ratio. The subsequent sensitivity analysis describes how much the structural acceleration increases if the actual friction coefficient of the real CSS deviates from its optimum design value. The analysis points out that the increase in structural acceleration is approximately one order of magnitude smaller than the deviation in friction. The sensitivity data may be used by structural engineer to determine tolerable deviations in friction coefficient which still results in acceptable structural accelerations.

Subject Areas

curved surface slider; elastic response spectrum; friction; optimization; sensitivity

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