Investigation of partially bonded fiber-reinforced elastomeric isolators (PB-FREIs) with nominal vertical tensile loads
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
Base isolation, Elastomeric isolator, Experimental testing, Fiber reinforced, Partially bonded, Tensile
Unbonded fiber-reinforced elastomeric isolators (FREIs) were initially proposed as a potential low-cost alternative to conventional steel-reinforced elastomeric isolators (SREIs). FREIs are similar to SREIs but comparatively lightweight as the steel components from SREIs have been replaced with polymer fibers in FREIs. Subsequent experimental investigations identified that unbonded FREIs have desirable characteristics for seismic isolation due to the unbonded application and fiber reinforcement. The unbonded application removes mechanical fasteners, relying on friction to transfer horizontal loads, further reducing the cost. However, the unbonded application also introduces limitations, being susceptible to slip in certain loading conditions and being incapable of resisting tensile forces. In this paper, the concept of partially bonded FREIs (PB-FREIs), a proposed solution to these limitations, is further investigated experimentally with nominal vertical tensile loads. It is shown that PB-FREIs can achieve similar properties to an unbonded FREI with a vertical compressive load.
Van Engelen, Niel C.; Tait, Michael J.; and Konstantinidis, Dimitrios. (2019). Investigation of partially bonded fiber-reinforced elastomeric isolators (PB-FREIs) with nominal vertical tensile loads. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 46 (8), 669-676.