Dynamic response of wall-floor joints of wooden light-frame constructions under forced harmonic vibrations

Abstract

Shaking table tests of the wall-floor joints of wooden light-frame constructions under forced harmonic vibrations are conducted in this study so as to observe the dynamic responsive characteristics. The principal results are as follows: The responsive characteristics of timber constructions under strong earthquakes cannot be directly correlated with their resonant frequencies under free or forced vibrations with low input accelerations, because they behave as continuous bodies when the input accelerations are less than the apparent frictional limits of structural joints. The apparent frictional limits are reduced by periodic fluctuation of the effective vertical loads as a result of the vertical motion of the specimens. The characteristic dynamic responses of wall-floor joints depend clearly upon the frequency and input accelerations of forced vibrations. These dependencies arise from the nonlinear load-slip relationship of the wall-floor joints. The equivalent stiffness in their successive transient phases decreases as joint slip increases, which gradually changes the resonant frequencies of the wall-floor joints. This indicates that the frequency components dominant to ultimate or safety-limit resistance should be distinguished from those dominant to allowable or serviceability-limit resistance.

DOI: 10.1007/s10086-011-1226-6

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@article{Hirai2011DynamicRO, title={Dynamic response of wall-floor joints of wooden light-frame constructions under forced harmonic vibrations}, author={Takuro Hirai and Kei Sawata and Ali Awaludin and Yoshihisa Sasaki and Takeyoshi Uematsu}, journal={Journal of Wood Science}, year={2011}, volume={58}, pages={128-134} }