Earthquake-Induced Structural Pounding

  • Robert Jankowski
  • Sayed Mahmoud

Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 1-8
  3. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 9-34
  4. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 35-71
  5. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 73-102
  6. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 103-132
  7. Robert Jankowski, Sayed Mahmoud
    Pages 133-156

About this book


This books analyzes different approaches to modeling earthquake-induced structural pounding and shows the results of the studies on collisions between buildings and between bridge segments during ground motions. Aspects related to the mitigation of pounding effects as well as the design of structures prone to pounding are also discussed. 

Earthquake-induced structural pounding between insufficiently separated buildings, and between bridge segments, has been repeatedly observed during ground motions. The reports after earthquakes indicate that it may result in limited local damage in the case of moderate seismic events, or in considerable destruction or even the collapse of colliding structures during severe ground motions. Pounding in buildings is usually caused by the differences in dynamic properties between structures, which make them vibrate out-of-phase under seismic excitation. In contrast, in the case of longer bridge structures, it is more often the seismic wave propagation effect that induces collisions between superstructure segments during earthquakes.


Bridge Damage Building Damage Earthquakes Pounding Force Models Structural pounding

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Jankowski
    • 1
  • Sayed Mahmoud
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Civil and Environmental EngineeringGdansk University of TechnologyGdanskPoland
  2. 2.Department of Construction EngineeringCollege of Engineering, University of DammamDammamSaudi Arabia

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