Base isolator devices are widely used for mitigation of vibrations induced in structures by seismic actions. In order to achieve high performances in the mitigation of seismic effects, base isolator mechanical properties should be designed by an optimum criterion. In common approaches, the nature of dynamic loads is assumed as the only source of uncertainty. In the present paper a robust optimization criterion for base isolator devices design is proposed, considering the unavoidable effects of uncertainty in structural properties and seismic action. Uncertain parameters are modeled as random variables and are represented by bounded independent probability density function, with uniform law. The structure is described by a single-degree-of-freedom model and is protected by a linear base isolator in order to reduce vibration levels induced by base acceleration, here modeled by the stationary Kanai-Tajimi stochastic process. The optimal design is formulated as a constrained minimization problem, assuming as an objective function a suitable measure of the isolator efficiency and imposing a constraint on the maximum isolator displacement. A sensitivity analysis is carried out on the robust solution in order to assess characteristics and differences with respect to the conventional deterministic solution.
|Titolo:||Robust optimization of base isolation devices under uncertain parameters|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1177/1077546314532670|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|