Analysis of piping with hysteretic supports using response spectra

T. Igusa, R. Sinha, E. Kokubo, S. I. Furukawa, J. I. Kawahata

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This paper introduces a response spectra-based method for analyzing piping with hysteretic nonlinear supports. The method is developed to be as simple and versatile as possible, yet accurate enough to model the essential nonlinear behavior of the supports. The required data is the hysteresis loops of the supports, the linear properties of the piping, and the linear acceleration response spectra. The supports are modeled by equivalent linear stiffness and damping, and the combined piping/support system is analyzed using complex modal properties that account for high-damping effects. The final peak response is obtained by a mode combination rule which is a new generalization of Complete Quadrature Combination (CQC) that accounts for nonlinear properties and complex modes. Sensitivities that indicate the degree of nonlinear behavior and support interaction are also determined. The method is used to analyze two three-dimensional piping systems with multiple nonlinear supports, which have been tested on a shaking table. Comparisons between experimental and analytical results show good agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Sep 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanical Engineering


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