Seismic performance of non-structural elements assessed through shake table tests: The knowRISK room set-up

Paulo Candeias*, Marta Vicente, Rajesh Rupakhety, Mário Lopes, Mónica Amaral Ferreira, Carlos Sousa Oliveira

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In the scope of the KnowRISK research project a set of tests were carried out on the LNEC-3D shake table in order to assess the seismic performance of several non-structural elements and building contents. The aim was to create a room that was as realistic as possible, not only in terms of spatial arrangement but also in terms of furniture and decorative objects. This would allow the presence of daily-life objects and furniture that can represent hazard inside regular homes during an earthquake. Damages were observed with increasing intensity seismic motions. In some of the tests different non-structural protective measures were implemented in order to observe how they mitigate the damage. Videos of the entire set-up were recorded during the tests, for the KnowRISK interventions, and accelerations were measured in a wardrobe and a bookcase. This allowed to obtain qualitative as well as quantitative data about the objects’ seismic performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
ISSN (Print)1573-6059
ISSN (Electronic)1872-4671

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This project was financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (Grant agreement ECHO.A.5 (2015) 3916812) – KnowRISK (Know your city, Reduce seISmic risK through non-structural elements). More information about the KnowRISK project is available at the internet address

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019.

Other keywords

  • Non-structural elements
  • Protective measures
  • Seismic performance
  • Shake table tests


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