Primer on Seismic Isolation

Abstract

  • Prepared by the Task Committee on Seismic Isolation of the Seismic Effects Committee of the Dynamic Effects Technical Activity Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

    This primer describes the current state of seismic isolation technology and highlights issues and concerns that are unique to the design of isolated structures. This concise book is full of practical knowledge related to base isolation design. The report includes the fundamentals of seismic isolation, the design of isolated structures, analysis, and testing. This book emphasizes practical issues, rather than theoretical issues, making it complementary to textbooks on earthquake engineering.

    The overviews in this report make the subject accessible to structural engineers who have not been formally trained in base isolation design and to architects and students in a first-level engineering course.

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i–vii
Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Seismic Isolation
1–19
Chapter 2 Design of Isolated Structures
20–41
Chapter 3 Analysis
42–48
Chapter 4 Testing
49–56
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57–58