Resilient Structural Systems: Using Mechanisms to Optimize Performance

by Mark Sarkisian, P.E., (M.ASCE), Partner; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
Peter Lee, S.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Director; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
Neville Mathias, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Director; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
John Gordon, S.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Director; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
Rupa Garai, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA,
, S.E.

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 4, Pg. 66-73,85


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract:

Including mechanical devices in structural systems can lead to innovative enhancement of performance of structures subjected to extreme loadings. These devices can be designed to provide required strength while controlling behavior to protect structural elements from damage. Systems can be designed to fuse during such extreme events as strong earthquake ground motions. The result is resilient structural systems that are optimized to perform better than more conventional systems.



Subject Headings: Structural systems | Ground motion | Electrical equipment | Load factors | Structural members | Innovation | Structural strength

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