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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna 
Chakraborty, S., Roy, K. and Ray-Chaudhuri, S 
Corresponding Authors:
Ray-Chaudhuri, S 
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Design of re-centering spring for flat sliding base isolation system: Theory and a numerical study 
Engineering Structures 
Seismic isolation, Nonlinear spring, Sliding bearing, Time history analysis, Optimal design 
This study addresses the design of nonlinear elastic springs that render an effective re-centering mechanism for a flat sliding base isolation system. A nonlinear stiffening behavior of the elastic spring offers added advantage of re-centering mechanism. The proposed spring-sliding system works in a similar fashion as that of the flat sliding base isolation system supplemented with re-centering mechanism for small to medium level of shaking. For high intensity shaking, the proposed system minimizes the peak bearing displacement in addition to keeping the bearing residual displacement close to zero. To demonstrate the concept of the proposed isolation system, a numerical study is conducted with a steel moment-resisting frame when subjected to ground motions of varying hazard levels. It has been found from this study that the proposed spring-sliding device is effective in limiting the peak bearing displacement and making the residual bearing displacement negligible for varying hazard levels. It has also been observed that the presence of nonlinear spring is in general beneficial in reducing the horizontal peak floor acceleration in comparison to the sliding only for ground motion with moderate hazard levels (i.e., 10% in 50 years). 
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