Base Isolation of Structure and Behavior of Structure.

  • Bikoumou Gambat Maximino Horacio
  • Prof Zhu Lihua


To minimize the transmission of potentially damaging earthquake ground motions into a structure is achieved by the introduction of flexibility at the base of the structure in the horizontal direction while at the same time introducing damping elements to restrict the amplitude or extent of the motion caused by the earthquake somewhat akin to shock absorbers. In recent years this relatively new technology has emerged as a practical and economic alternative to conventional seismic strengthening. This concept has received increasing academic and professional attention and is being applied to a wide range of civil engineering structures. To date there are several hundred buildings in China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, United States, India which use seismic isolation principles and technology for their seismic design. It may come as a surprise that the rubber foundation