Quasi static and dynamic tests on timber elements and entire timber structures have repeatedly verified that timber is a material performing particularly well under seismic loads.Current design practice provides life safety for residents by sacrificially damaging the structure. As a result the economic impact due to repair cost is huge. New design approaches aim for structures which save the lives of inhabitants and at the same time undergo little to no damage during a seismic event. This study investigates the applicability of High-Force-to-Volume (HF2V) damping devices in timber structures. Laboratory tests on timber walls using two damping devices per wall are currently carried out, with detailed results presented in this paper.

Damage avoidance design of timber structures using High-Force-to-Volume damping devices

FRAGIACOMO, Massimo;
2014

Abstract

Quasi static and dynamic tests on timber elements and entire timber structures have repeatedly verified that timber is a material performing particularly well under seismic loads.Current design practice provides life safety for residents by sacrificially damaging the structure. As a result the economic impact due to repair cost is huge. New design approaches aim for structures which save the lives of inhabitants and at the same time undergo little to no damage during a seismic event. This study investigates the applicability of High-Force-to-Volume (HF2V) damping devices in timber structures. Laboratory tests on timber walls using two damping devices per wall are currently carried out, with detailed results presented in this paper.
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