AbstractA hybrid control structure (HCS) using seismic isolation at the base and energy dissipating cladding panel system (EDCPS) in the superstructure was proposed to realize enhanced seismic performance objectives of the main structure and nonstructural walls. To verify the feasibility of the HCS and validate its advantages in controlling the damage of structures compared with a seismic isolation structure (SIS) and a damping structure (DS), 1/2-scale shaking table tests were conducted on a HCS, an SIS, and a DS designed based on Chinese Standard. The seismic performance of the three damage control structures under different earthquake levels and ground motions (i.e., normal and velocity pulse-type ground motions) were investigated, including the damage characteristic, global responses, and isolator and damper behaviors. The test results indicated that the HCS provided the best control effect and remained elastic under the maximum considered earthquake (MCE). In contrast, slight and moderate damage were observed in the main structures of the SIS and DS under the MCE, respectively. Under the service level earthquake, the seismic response of the HCS was similar to or even greater than that of the SIS. While under the design basis earthquake and MCE, the U-shaped steel dampers in the HCS yielded and partially dissipated the earthquake energy; thus, this resulted in an obvious reduction in the drift ratio compared with that of the SIS. No damage to the cladding panels was observed in the HCS and DS, which indicated that the EDCPS was effective in controlling damage to the panels. In addition, a velocity-pulse type ground motion and the peak ground velocity significantly influenced the seismic responses of the HCS, SIS, and DS, particularly under the MCE.

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