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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 1, Number 4, December 2010, pages 371-390

Earthquake-induced pounding between the main buildings of the
Alessandra Fiore and Pietro Monaco

    Historical buildings in seismically active regions are severely damaged by earthquakes, since they certainly were not designed by the original builders to withstand seismic effects. In particular the reports after major ground motions indicate that earthquake-induced pounding between buildings may lead to substantial damage or even collapse of colliding structures. The research on structural pounding during earthquakes has been recently much advanced, although most of the studies are conducted on simplified single degree of freedom systems. In this paper a detailed pounding-involved response analysis of three adjacent structures is performed, concerning the main bodies of the
Key Words
    pushover analysis; earthquake-induced pounding; colliding structures; masonry building; reinforced concrete building; non-linear behaviour.
Alessandra Fiore and Pietro Monaco: Politecnico di Bari, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy

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