Widely used in civil, mechanical and automotive engineer-ingsince the early 1980s, multilayer rubber bearings have been used asseismic isolation devices for buildings in highly seismic areas inmany countries. Their appeal in these applications comes from theirability to provide a component with high stiffness in one directionwith high flexibility in one or more orthogonal directions. Thiscombination of vertical stiffness with horizontal flexibility,achieved by reinforcing the rubber by thin steel shimsperpendicular to the vertical load, enables them to be used asseismic and vibra-tion isolators for machinery, buildings andbridges.
Mechanics of Rubber Bearings for Seismic and VibrationIsolation collates the most important information on themechanics of multilayer rubber bearings. It explores a unique andcomprehensive combination of relevant topics, covering allprerequisite fundamental theory and providing a number ofclosed-form solutions to various boundary value problems as well asa comprehensive historical overview on the use of isolation.
Many of the results presented in the book are new and areessential for a proper understanding of the behavior of thesebearings and for the design and analysis of vibration or seismicisolation systems. The advantages afforded by adopting thesenatural rubber systems is clearly explained to designers and usersof this technology, bringing into focus the design andspecification of bearings for buildings, bridges and industrialstructures.
This comprehensive book:
* includes state of the art, as yet unpublished research alongwith all required fundamental concepts;
* is authored by world-leading experts with over 40 years ofcombined experience on seismic isolation and the behavior ofmultilayer rubber bearings;
* is accompanied by a website at www.wiley.com/go/kelly
The concise approach of Mechanics of Rubber Bearingsfor Seismic and Vibration Isolation forms an invaluableresource for graduate students and researchers/practitioners instructural and mechanical engineering departments, in particularthose working in seismic and vibration isolation.