Dynamic Characteristics of Multistory Buildings

by John A. Blume,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 377-402

Document Type: Journal Paper


In order to evaluate unit stresses or to estimate possible damage in multistory buildings from earthquake or ground motion from underground nuclear explosion it is essential to determine how much of the dynamic response at any level is due to various types of freedom. The effects of shear deformation between floors, joint rotation, over-all flexure, and ground compliance are considered. Joint rotation and over-all flexure are evaluated over a wide range of building characteristics with simply determined indices. A period synthesis concept and a pseudo-stiffness procedure are proposed to enable the determination of periods, mode shapes and stiffnesses with consideration of joint rotation, over-all flexure and ground compliance while performing simple labor-saving analyses for assumed rigid-floor shear buildings. The first three modes of vibration are considered in elastic free vibration. The buildings and models are symmetric in plan without torsional coupling.

Subject Headings: Joints | Rotation | Structural dynamics | Mid-rise buildings | Ground motion | Floors | Vibration | Earthquakes

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