Base seismic isolation of a historical masonry church using fiber reinforced elastomeric isolators

Ahmad Basshofi Habieb, Marco Valente, Gabriele Milani*

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Abstract

This paper investigates the possibility of improving the seismic performance of a small historical masonry church using fiber reinforced elastomeric isolators in bonded (BFREI) and unbonded (UFREI) applications. Detailed three-dimensional (3D) finite element (FE) models are used to characterize the behavior of the two types of FREIs. An Abaqus User Element (UEL) is developed to simulate the 3D behavior of FREIs for large scale seismic analyses of complex isolated structures. The results of cyclic shear analyses show that the proposed UEL model can accurately predict the FREIs behavior obtained through detailed 3D FE models. A series of non-linear dynamic analyses are performed to investigate the seismic response of a small historical masonry church in the original and base-isolated configurations employing both BFREIs and UFREIs. Numerical results show that the fixed-base model of the church experiences severe and widespread damage, while UFREIs are found to be effective in significantly reducing the damage level of the church when subjected to moderate-to-high seismic actions. Moreover, it can be observed that both the isolator types satisfy the maximum lateral displacement requirements reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-145
Number of pages19
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Volume120
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abaqus User Element
  • FE model
  • FREI
  • Masonry church
  • Non-linear dynamic analysis

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