Help Page for the JavaPowered Simulation for Nonlinear TwoStory Buildings 

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Welcome to the help page of the JavaPowered Simulation for Nonlinear TwoStory Buildings.
It is common to design structures to behave nonlinearly under extreme load conditions, e.g. earthquakes and hurricanes. To instruct students or practitioners to better understand the effect of nonlinear behavior of buildings, our research effort has focused on the development of the nonlinear dynamic analysis virtual laboratories.
In this simulation, the structure is modeled as a twostory building. Same analytical model are used to described the behavior of each story of the structure, while different parameters are allowed for different stories. Based on different models employed, this simulator consists of four cases: (i) linear structure with each story designed as linear model; (ii) nonlinear structure with each story designed as nonlinear damping model; (iii) nonlinear structure with each story designed as hysteretic bilinear model; (iv) nonlinear structure with each story designed as hysteretic Bouc Wen model.
The user is allowed to select different model to design the structure, to change the parameters of the structure and choose different earthquake ground motions to do analysis. This simulation is intended to be used to increase understanding and provide a conceptual "feel" for various parameter changes on the performance of nonlinear structures under different excitations.
This document offers a description of how to operate and use the JavaPowered Simulation for Nonlinear Structure, a picture of which is shown below, and also the technical background of this simulation. A number of "homework" problems (or exercises) are suggested and references are provided.
Fig. 1 JavaPowered Simulation Applet
There are four components in this simulator that can be modified by the user to design the structure and to evaluate the responses: (1) Control Panel; (2) Animation Frame; (3) Excitation Frame; (4) Response Frame. These are each identified on the above picture of the simulator.
Control Panel
Located on the far right of the simulator, this panel is used to enter specific data for the structure and excitation. This panel also contains buttons to do calculation and animation and the button which links to this help page.
Structure Parameters
Floor Mass: The mass of the structure. The default values are 100 tons for the first story and 90 tons for the second story.
Stiffness: The stiffness of structure. The default values are 5000 KN/m and 4000 KN/m for the first and second story.
Natural Frequency: The natural frequency of the structure. These parameters are not editable and they are determined corresponding to other structure parameters.
Damping: The damping coefficient of the structure. The default values are 30 KN*s/m for the first story and 10 KN*s/m for the second story.
Damping Ratio: The damping ratio of the structure. These parameters are not editable and they are determined corresponding to other structure parameters.Structure Models
Check Boxes: These check boxes allow user to select different structure designs of which the response will be displayed. The default is to display the response of the structure with linear model for each story.
Involution Coefficients: The nonlinear damping multiplier of nonlinear damping model. The default value is 0.5 for each story.
Yield Displacement: The yield displacement in each story for hysteretic models (Bouc Wen and Bilinear Model). The default value is 0.02 m for each story.
Post Yield Stiffness: The post yield stiffness in each story for hysteretic models (Bouc Wen and Bilinear Model). The default value is 1000 KN/m for each story.Excitation Parameters
Maximum Amplitude: The maximum amplitude of the earthquake acceleration. The default value is the same as the original maximum acceleration of the earthquake excitation. By changing the maximum acceleration of the earthquake excitation, one can compare the responses of the earthquake records with different amplitude.
Sinusoid Frequency: The frequency of the sinusoid excitation. The default value is 1.0 Hz.Response Parameters
Response Window: Width of the excitation/response windows (in seconds) used during the animation. If you computer can't display the animation smoothly, make this number smaller.
Animation Frame
The animation frame, located in the upper left portion of the simulation window, shows the behavior of this two story structure under the specified excitation.
Structures, designed as Linear Model, Nonlinear Damping Model, Bouc Wen Model and Bilinear Model, can be animated by the appropriate selection in the left choice of this frame.
The user can also choose to animate absolute or relative motion of the structure:
Absolute Motion: Display the absolute motion of the structure. Thus, the ground is seen moving.
Relative Motion: Display the motion of the structure relative to the ground. Thus, the ground is seen not moving.
Excitation Frame
Located in the top center of the simulator, the excitation frame shows current excitation signal. Five historical excitation records are available for simulation:
Sinusoidal Input: The default value of the frequency is 1.0 Hz. The default value of the maximum acceleration is 0.3g.
El Centro Earthquake: Northsouth component recorded at the Imperial Valley Irrigation District substation in El Centro, California, during the Imperial Valley, California earthquake of May 18, 1940. The magnitude is 7.1 and the maximum ground acceleration is 0.3495g.
Tokachioki (Hachinohe) Earthquake: Northsouth component recorded at Hachinohe City during the Tokachioki earthquake of May 16, 1968. The magnitude is 7.9 and the maximum ground acceleration is 0.2294g.
Northridge Earthquake: Northsouth component recorded at Sylmar County Hospital parking lot in Sylmar, California, during the Northridge, California earthquake of Jan. 17, 1994. The magnitude is 6.8 and the maximum ground acceleration is 0.8428 g.
Hyogoken Nanbu (Kobe) Earthquake: Northsouth component recorded at Kobe Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) station during the Hyogoken Nanbu (Kobe) earthquake of Jan. 17, 1995. The magnitude is 7.2 and the maximum ground acceleration is 0.8337g.The user can choose to display the displacement or the acceleration signal of the excitation by proper selection of the menu.
Response Frame
There are two response frames, which are located at the bottom left corner and bottom center of the simulator. These two identical response frames facilitate the user to investigate the responses of different stories or the same story at the same time. It can show the displacement, velocity or acceleration of each story. It also can plot the displacement (or velocity) vs. shear force (or damping force, or spring force). Peak response information such as the maximum value of each response, peak reduction (= maximum peak of each case / maximum peak of Linear Model case * 100 (%)) is displayed in the bottom of this frame.
Definition of the Primary Parameters
where is the yield displacement (m).
Mathematical Model
The equations of motion for the structure with linear model are
where,
is the first floor structural displacement relative to the ground (m).is the first floor structural velocity relative to the ground (m/s).is the first floor structural acceleration relative to the ground (m/s2).is the second floor structural displacement relative to the ground (m).is the second floor structural velocity relative to the ground (m/s).is the second floor structural acceleration relative to the ground (m/s2).is the ground acceleration (m/s2).
The equations of motion for the structure with nonlinear damping model are
where, and are the nonlinear damping involution coefficients of the nonlinear damping model for the first and second story, respectively.
The equations of motion for the structure with hysteretic Bouc Wen model are
where the restoring forces. and are defined as
In the above equations, and are the solutions of the following equations,
, , , and are the shape parameters for the hysteresis loops. In this case, these parameters are defined here as
The equations of motion for the structure with hysteretic bilinear model are
where the restoring forces. and are defined as
and
where and ; and are displacements relative to the center of the hysteresis loop.Fig. 3 Illustration of Displacement and
Other Definitions
Spring Force: Force related to stiffness only.Damping Force: Force related to damping only.
Shear Force: Summation of the shear and damping force.
The support of the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMS 9528083 (Dr. S.C. Liu, program director), and the support of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) are gratefully acknowledged. In addition, we would like to thank Prof. Yozo Fujino of the University of Tokyo for his help in securing the Kobe and Hachinohe earthquake records.