How to design modular support systems for seismic zones
Products, services and software for seismic applications
We usually only hear about earthquakes when they are really devastating, but in reality they’re happening everyday all over the world.
To prepare for this, the construction industry’s codes (IBC and ASCE 7) now also require non-structural elements and technical installations to be seismic resistant. This includes public buildings such as hospitals, shopping malls, hotels, and schools.
The physics of an earthquake
- An earthquake generates additional loads on the structure in all directions as well as on piping, ductwork or cable trays.
- Building codes (such as IBC, ASCE 7, CBC) provide simplified methods to calculate the seismic loads based on an equivalent static analysis.
- Typical supports are designed for vertical loads but do not take into account horizontal loads.
- Seismic restraints allow systems to resist horizontal forces caused by earthquakes. Bracing in longitudinal and transversal directions keeps systems in place and secure.