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Seismic Isolation Strategies for Earthquake-Resistant Construction

Emerging Opportunities

Author(s): Mikayel Melkumyan

Book Description

Earthquakes are catastrophic events that cause huge economic losses due to the vulnerability of the existing building stock. However, collapses of vulnerable buildings can be avoided if preventative measures, such as enhancement of their earthquake resistance, are implemented on time. This book will allow the reader to become acquainted with a number of unique, modern and cost-effective seismic isolation strategies, which can be easily, and in very short periods of time, and without interruption of the use of the buildings, implemented with high efficiency in existing buildings, making them earthquake proof. An important aspect here is that the book’s seismic isolation strategies are demonstrated on real examples of existing buildings with different structural systems, such as reinforced concrete frame buildings with shear walls and stone buildings with load-bearing walls. The cost-effectiveness of the suggested strategies is further proved by comparative analyses carried out for buildings both with and without seismic isolation systems.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1802-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1802-7
Date of Publication: 01/01/2019
Pages / Size: 268 / A5
Price: £64.99


Professor Mikayel Melkumyan is the President of the Armenian Association for Earthquake Engineering. In 1990-1991, he conducted research at the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo, where he created a new hysteresis model (the Melkumyan Model) to describe the shear behavior of rigid reinforced concrete structures. He has made a weighty contribution to the science and practice of earthquake resistant construction, having authored and co-authored 220 scientific works, including 17 books, such as Formation of the Dynamic Design Models for Seismic Response Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Buildings and their New Structural Solutions (1993), New Solutions in Seismic Isolation (2011), and Non-Linear Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Structures under Seismic Actions (2013). His research interests include non-linear behavior of reinforced concrete structures, seismic response analysis, construction technologies; seismic isolation, and retrofitting of existing buildings by base and roof isolation.