Building Separation Rules to Avoid Seismic Pounding

by Kazuhiko Kasai, Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem, United States,
Anil R. Jagiasi, Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


A method to estimate the required separation to preclude pounding between adjacent buildings is presented. It accounts for the effect of yielding on the vibration phase of adjacent buildings. Applications of the method are demonstrated, and the results are compared with those from the code procedure as well as nonlinear time history analysis.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Elastic analysis | Earthquake resistant structures | Building codes | Construction methods | Vibration | Nonlinear analysis

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