A large-scale base-isolated steel structural frame was tested at the shaking table laboratory of the National Research Institute for Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention. These collaborative experiments featured auto-adaptive media and devices to enhance the performance of passive base isolation systems. The planning of these experiments involved determining appropriate device control methods, the development of a controllable damping device with fail-safe characteristics, and the evaluation of the performance of the controlled isolation system subjected to strong ground motion with pronounced near-field effects. The results of the planning study and their large-scale experimental confirmation provide guidelines for the development and implementation of auto-adaptive damping devices for full scale structures.

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