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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 280625, 6 pages -

Research Article

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan

Department of Leisure and Sports Management, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan

Bachelor Program of Medical Engineering, Cheng Shiu University, Kaohsiung 83347, Taiwan

Received 26 September 2014; Accepted 18 March 2015

Academic Editor: Luigi Nicolais

Copyright © 2015 Bo-Wun Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Seismic prevention issues are discussed much more seriously around the world after Fukushima earthquake, Japan, April 2011, especially for those countries which are near the earthquake zone. Approximately kilograms of explosive energy will be released from a magnitude 9 earthquake. It destroys most of the unprotected infrastructure within several tens of miles in diameter from the epicenter. People can feel the earthquake even if living hundreds of miles away. This study is a seismic simulation analysis for an innovated and improved design of viscoelastic damping isolator, which can be more effectively applied to earthquake prevention and damage reduction of high-rise buildings, roads, bridges, power generation facilities, and so forth, from earthquake disaster. Solidworks graphic software is used to draw the 3D geometric model of the viscoelastic isolator. The dynamic behavior of the viscoelastic isolator through shock impact of specific earthquake loading, recorded by a seismometer, is obtained via ANSYS finite element package. The amplitude of the isolator is quickly reduced by the viscoelastic material in the device and is shown in a time response diagram. The result of this analysis can be a crucial reference when improving the design of a seismic isolator.

Autor: Bo-Wun Huang, Jao-Hwa Kuang, Jung-Ge Tseng, Jyun-Cin Wang, and Yu-Xian Qiu



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