Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Research article
06 Jan 2012
Research article |  | 06 Jan 2012

Hardware-software system for simulating and analyzing earthquakes applied to civil structures

J. P. Amezquita-Sanchez, R. A. Osornio-Rios, R. J. Romero-Troncoso, and A. Dominguez-Gonzalez

Abstract. The occurrence of recent strong earthquakes, the incessant worldwide movements of tectonic plates and the continuous ambient vibrations caused by traffic and wind have increased the interest of researchers in improving the capacity of energy dissipation to avoid damages to civil structures. Experimental testing of structural systems is essential for the understanding of physical behaviors and the building of appropriate analytic models in order to expose difficulties that may not have been considered in analytical studies. This paper presents a hardware-software system for exciting, monitoring and analyzing simultaneously a structure under earthquake signals and other types of signals in real-time. Effectiveness of the proposed system has been validated by experimental case studies and has been found to be a useful tool in the analysis of earthquake effects on structures.