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Base isolation: design and optimization criteria

Paolo Clemente and Giacomo Buffarini

Vol. 1 (2010), No. 1, 17–40
Abstract

Use of new antiseismic techniques is certainly suitable for buildings of strategic importance and, in general, in the case of very high risk. For ordinary buildings, instead, the cost of base isolation system should be balanced by an equivalent saving in the structure. In this paper the comparison criteria have been first defined, and then a large numerical investigation has been carried out to analyze the effectiveness and the economic suitability of seismic isolation, using elastomeric isolators and sliders, in reinforced concrete buildings.

Keywords
seismic isolation, optimization, concrete building, economical aspects
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Received: 23 March 2010
Accepted: 30 September 2010
Published: 12 October 2010
Authors
Paolo Clemente
ENEA Casaccia Research Centre
Via Anguillarese 301
I-00123 Rome
Italy
Giacomo Buffarini
ENEA Casaccia Research Centre
Via Anguillarese 301
I-00123 Rome
Italy