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Standards for the Testing and Evaluation of Seismic Isolation Systems.


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Taylor, A. W.; Shenton, H. W., III; Chung, R. M.

ASME/JSME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Proceedings. Volume 319. July 23-27, 1995, Honolulu, HI, 39-43 pp, 1995.

Keywords:

base isolation; building technology; earthquake engineering; elastomeric bearings; evaluation; seismic design; sliding systems; standards; guidelines; tests

Abstract:

Draft guidelines for the testing and evaluation of seismic isolation systems have recently been developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These guidelines are organized into three sections: pre-qualification, prototype, and quality control testing. The guidelines are broadly applicable, since they are independent of the type of isolation system and superstructure. The guidelines will serve as a resource document for industry, and as basis for developing future standards for testing of isolation systems. This paper gives an overview of the NIST draft guidelines, emphasizing the philosophy behind the development of the guidelines. A brief summary of the contents of the guidelines is also present.