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Multi-objective optimization of base-isolated tanks with supplemental linear viscous dampers

Tsipianitis Alexandros, Tsompanakis Ioannis

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Year 2022
Type of Item Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication
Bibliographic Citation A. Tsipianitis and Y. Tsompanakis, “Multi-objective optimization of base-isolated tanks with supplemental linear viscous dampers,” Infrastructures, vol. 7, no. 11, Nov. 2022, doi: 10.3390/infrastructures7110157.
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Base isolation of liquid storage tanks has proven to be an efficient seismic protection measure, leading to a drastic reduction of a superstructure’s distress. However, many such tanks are located near seismic tectonic faults, which generate strong pulse-like ground motions that can impose excessive displacement demands on the isolators. For this reason, viscous dampers are incorporated into the isolation system to avoid overconservative isolators design. To optimize the seismic performance of hybrid isolation systems consisting of single friction pendulum bearings and linear viscous dampers, two novel multi-objective optimization approaches are proposed in the current study. Furthermore, suitable constraint functions and design variables are selected, considering the most critical parameters of the hybrid isolation system. The multi-objective genetic algorithm optimizer is used for the solution of both problems. The results are presented in the typical form of Pareto and certain optimal design solutions are carefully chosen and compared in terms of isolators fragility curves and tank accelerations. The main aim is to optimize the critical design parameters by achieving a reasonable balance among contradicting objectives. The tank industry can substantially benefit from this study, as a more cost-efficient design of hybrid base-isolation can be attained for large-scale tanks.

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