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Seismic response analysis of isolation system considering coupling effect between horizontal and vertical deformation of rubber bearings

Minagawa, Keisuke*; Fujita, Satoshi*; Yamaguchi, Akira*; Takata, Takashi*; Kurisaka, Kenichi 

Application of seismic isolation system using rubber bearings into nuclear power plants has been expected. Generally, rubber bearings have nonlinear characteristics in case of large deformation. In addition, the horizontal nonlinear characteristics depend on vertical load. Therefore it is important to consider these nonlinearity and coupling effect. Authors have already reported results of seismic response analysis of an isolated reactor building considering the nonlinearity of rubber bearings. In this paper, seismic response analysis considering the coupling effect of horizontal and vertical deformation of rubber bearings is investigated by numerical simulations. The summaries of the simulations are as follows. The vertical motion affected the start displacement of hardening, so that the coupling effect decreased isolation performance of horizontal direction. However the isolation system is still effective to reduce seismic force even if the nonlinearity and the coupling effect were considered.



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