ANIDIS - L'ingegneria Sismica in Italia, ANIDIS XIX & ASSISi XVII - 2022

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Cyclic response of post-tensioned low damage timber walls with dissipative devices: numerical prediction

Valentina Tomei, Maria Zucconi, Barbara Ferracuti

Ultima modifica: 2022-08-31


Post-tensioned rocking dissipative timber wall systems born from the idea to obtain structural solutions able to guarantee, after a seismic event, a rapid re-use of the buildings without permanent damage, as well as to guarantee the safeguarding of human life. In this framework, the rocking of timber walls is entrusted to post-tensioned bars, placed in ad hoc cavities of the panel, while the dissipative contribution is provided by steel dampers, which are sacrificial elements subjected to damage easily replaceable after an intense seismic event. In this context, it can be helpful to have a numerical model in order to support the design phase; indeed, the paper presents a non-linear numerical model of post-tensioned rocking dissipative timber walls able to predict the response of this innovative system. In particular, geometrical and material non-linearities, due to the rocking behavior of the system and to the material that characterize the dampers, are taken explicitly into account. Further, the proposed numerical modelling strategy has been validated on different literature experimental campaigns performed on both single and double wall systems with different damper configurations. The comparison between experimental and numerical cyclic responses is shown in terms of global and local results, i.e. force/displacement curves, post-tension variation of the bars, and energy dissipation provided by dampers. The comparison demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed model in predicting the behavior of post-tensioned walls subjected to cyclic loads.

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