Overturning of rigid blocks for earthquake excitation

Tamás Ther, L. Kollar

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Overturning of rigid blocks on rigid foundations subjected to earthquakes in principle can be analyzed by simple replacement signals. The effect of a signal is generally characterized by its overturning curve. In this paper a new approach is presented, which is based on the overturning acceleration spectra (OAS). It is shown that an earthquake can be reasonably well represented for overturning by two parameters: the peak ground acceleration and the replacement impulse duration. In the paper the OAS of rigid blocks is presented for 100 different earthquake records. Based on the replacement impulse duration a simple design method is presented to predict the safety of rocking blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1607-1631
Number of pages25
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Housner
  • Impulse duration
  • Overturning spectra
  • Rigid body
  • Rocking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

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