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Type: Journal article
Title: The vertical spanning strip wall as a coupled rocking rigid body assembly
Author: Sorrentino, L.
Masiani, R.
Griffith, M.
Citation: Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 2008; 29(4):433-453
Publisher: Techno-Press
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1225-4568
1598-6217
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Sorrentino Luigi, Masiani Renato and Griffith Michael C
Abstract: The equation of motion of a one way (vertical) spanning strip wall, as an assembly of two rigid bodies, is presented. Only one degree of freedom is needed to completely describe the wall response as the bodies are assumed to be perfectly rectangular and are allowed to rock but not to slide horizontally. Furthermore, no arching action occurs since vertical motion of the upper body is not restrained. Consequently, the equation of motion is nonlinear, with non constant coefficients and a Coriolis acceleration term. Phenomena associated with overburden to self weight ratio, motion triggering, impulsive energy dissipation, amplitude dependency of damping and period of vibration, and scale effect are discussed, contributing to a more complete understanding of experimental observations and to an estimation of system parameters based on the wall characteristics, such as intermediate hinge height and energy damping, necessary to perform nonlinear time history analyses. A comparison to a simple standing, or parapet, wall is developed in order to better highlight the characteristics of this assembly.
Keywords: rocking response; threshold acceleration; impulsive energy dissipation; amplitude dependency; scale effect
Description: Copyright (C) 2008 Techno Press
RMID: 0020081407
DOI: 10.12989/sem.2008.29.4.433
Published version: http://technopress.kaist.ac.kr/?page=container&journal=sem&volume=29&num=4
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