Dynamic Characterization of Seismic Isolators and Energy Dissipators

Dr. Gianmario Benzoni

With the use of a unique installation like the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device Test Facility, the performance of full scale seismic isolators and energy dissipators is researched for both residential and bridge applications. Devices never tested up to date under a full range of forces, displacement and velocities are tested for applications around the world. The results of this experimental activity are used to develop and improve new isolation and energy dissipation techniques, to document the quality of production isolators and dampers as well as to provide researchers with an unprecedented set of response data obtained from full scale devices.