ABSTRACT

The dynamic testing of large-scale structures continues to play a significant role in earthquake engineering research. The pseudo-dynamic test (PDT) is an experimental technique for simulating the earthquake response of structures and structural components in time domain. A Concrete Filled Steel Tube (CFST) built-up pier is a modified form of CFST laced column in which CFST members are connected with RC web in longitudinal direction and with steel tube in transverse direction. For this study, a CFST built-up pier is tested under seven different earthquake time histories having scaled PGA of 0.05g. From the experiment acceleration, velocity, displacement and load time histories are observed. The pier experienced maximum acceleration due to Imperial Valley earthquake and minimum due to Wenchuan earthquake. For the Imperial Valley earthquake the acceleration is magnified by 17 times while for the Wenchuan earthquake the acceleration is magnified by 10 times. The frequency of the pier is found to be 1.41 Hz. The result shows that this type of pier has excellent static and earthquake resistant properties.