In recent years, many studies on base isolation strategies and devices have been developed and applied in U. S. A., Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. The high damping rubber bearing belongs to one kind of the earthquake-proof ideas of base isolation technologies. The installation of high damping rubber bearings can lengthen the natural period of a building and simultaneously reduce the earthquake-induced energy trying to impart to the building. The objective of this paper is to investigate the base isolation effect of high damping rubber bearings. The uniaxial, biaxial, and triaxial shaking table tests were performed to study the seismic behavior of a 0.4-scale three-story isolated steel structure in the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering in Taiwan. The experimental and analytical results show that the nonlinear mechanical characteristics of the high damping rubber bearings can be reasonably simulated.

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