International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP) (12th : 2015)

Design of flow isolation systems through multi-objective criteria for the seismic-risk performance Gidaris, Ioannis; Taflanidis, Alexandros A.; Lopez-Garcia, Diego; Mavroeidis, George P.


This paper discusses a probabilistic framework for performance assessment and optimal design of floor isolation systems for the protection of acceleration sensitive contents. A multi-objective formulation is considered for the optimization problem with the two competing objectives corresponding to (i) maximization of the level of protection offered to the sensitive content (acceleration reduction) and (ii) minimization of the demand for appropriate clearance to avoid collision to surrounding objects (floor displacement reduction). Uncertainties are addressed by characterizing these objectives in terms of the associated seismic risk, whereas a surrogate modeling approach is developed to evaluate this risk and support the design optimization. As an illustrative example, the design of a polynomial friction pendulum isolator system is presented. The formulation is demonstrated to efficiently provide design solutions with different performance levels across the considered competing objectives, offering a range of options for selecting the final protection system.

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