Refinements in Pseudo-Dynamic Test Procedures

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by C. R. Thewalt, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,
S. A. Mahin, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,
S. N. Dermitzakis, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures:

Abstract: One of the major concerns in seismic testing is whether the loading conditions imposed on a structure adequately represent those that might occur during a major earthquake. Response simulation using shaking tables can resolve many of these concerns for some types of structures. The recently developed pseudo-dynamic test method may enable these advantages to be extended to a broader range of test specimens. This paper outlines some recent advances in this method, discusses some of its limitations and identifies future research areas.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic loads | Load tests | Dynamic tests | Load and resistance factor design | Live loads | Earthquake resistant structures | Earthquakes |

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