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Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, 6 (2006)

Seismic Pounding between Adjacent Building Structures
Shehata E. Abdel Raheem
Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Egypt E-mail:

ABSTRACT: Investigations of past and recent earthquake damage have illustrated that the building structures are vulnerable to severe damage and/or collapse during moderate to strong ground motion. Among the possible structural damages, seismic induced pounding has been commonly observed in several earthquakes. A parametric study on buildings pounding response as well as proper seismic hazard mitigation practice for adjacent buildings is carried out. Three categories of recorded earthquake excitation are used for input. The effect of impact is studied using linear and nonlinear contact force model for different separation distances and compared with nominal model without pounding consideration. Pounding produces acceleration and shear at various story levels that are greater than those obtained from the no pounding case, while the peak drift depends on the input excitation characteristics. Also, increasing gap width is likely to be effective when the separation is sufficiently wide practically to eliminate contact. KEYWORDS: Seismic pounding; Adjacent building; Energy dissipation; Seismic design 1 INTRODUCTION A quake with a magnitude of six is capable of causing severe damage. Several destructive earthquakes have hit Egypt in both historical and recent times from distant and near earthquakes. The annual energy release in Egypt and its vicinity is equivalent to an earthquake with magnitude varying from 5.5 to 7.3. Pounding between closely spaced building structures can be a serious hazard in seismically active areas. Investigations of past and recent earthquakes damage have illustrated several instances of pounding damage (Astaneh-Asl et al. 1994, Northridge Reconnaissance Team 1996, Kasai & Maison 1991) in both building and bridge structures. Pounding damage was observed during the 1985 Mexico earthquake, the 1988 Sequenay earthquake in Canada, the 1992 Cairo earthquake, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 1995 Kobe earthquake and 1999 Kocaeli earthquake. Significant pounding was observed at sites over 90 km from the epicenter thus indicating the possible catastrophic damage that may occur during future earthquakes having closer epicenters. Pounding of adjacent buildings could have worse damage as adjacent buildings with different dynamic characteristics, which vibrate out of phase and there is insufficient separation distance or energy dissipation system to accommodate the relative motions of adjacent buildings. Past seismic codes did not give definite guidelines to preclude pounding, because of this and due to economic considerations including maximum land usage requirements, especially in the highdensity populated areas of cities, there are many buildings worldwide which are already built in contact or extremely close to another that could suffer pounding damage in future earthquakes. A large separation is controversial from both technical (difficulty in using expansion joint) and economical (loss of land usage) views. The highly congested building system in many metropolitan cities constitutes a major concern for seismic pounding damage. For these reasons, it has been widely accepted that pounding is an undesirable phenomenon that should be prevented or mitigated (Abdel Raheem 2004, Hayashikawa et al. 2002, Hao & Zhang 1999, Pantelides & Ma 1998, Kasai et al. 1991). Moreover, a new generation of structural design codes defines requirements for the design of buildings against earthquake action, new seismic zonations have been defined, the new earthquake 66

Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, 6 (2006)

zones in connection with the corresponding design ground acceleration values will lead in many cases to earthquake actions which are remarkably higher than...
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