Inertial force-limiting anchorage system for seismic resistant building structures

Robert Fleischman, Jose Restrepo, Arpit Nema, Dichuan Zhang, Ulina Shakya, Zhi Zhang, Richard Sause, Georgios Tsampras, Giorgio Monti

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

8 Scopus citations


An innovative floor anchorage system is under development for seismic-resistant buildings. The anchorage possesses a predefined "cut-off" load to limit inertial forces, transforming seismic demands into relative displacement of the floor system with respect to the primary vertical elements, and dissipating seismic energy in the building system. Elastic restoring, stabilizing, and re-centering elements complete the inertial force-limiting anchorage system (IFAS). The system has the potential to limit diaphragm forces, thereby lowering floor accelerations and reducing seismic demands on the lateral force resisting system, resulting in less damage to the structure, non-structural elements and building contents. The IFAS concept is being developed in a multi-university research project including meetings with design consultants for prototype development, computational simulation to optimize design parameters, full-scale component testing to determine prototype characteristics, and a half-scale shake table test to demonstrate the concept. This paper summarizes these efforts to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 Structures Congress
EditorsNathan Ingraffea, Mark Libby
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479117
StatePublished - 2015
EventStructures Congress 2015 - Portland, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2015Apr 25 2015

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 Structures Congress


OtherStructures Congress 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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