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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 5729068, 12 pages
Research Article

Effect of the Drum Height on the Seismic Behaviour of a Free-Standing Multidrum Column

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia

Correspondence should be addressed to Ante Buzov; rh.tsdarg@vozub.etna

Received 8 March 2018; Accepted 24 May 2018; Published 19 June 2018

Academic Editor: Andrey E. Miroshnichenko

Copyright © 2018 Ante Buzov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The results of a shake-table study on the effect of the drum height on the seismic behaviour and bearing capacity of small-scale free-standing multidrum columns are presented. Columns of equal height with one, three, and six drums through their height were considered for the case of their self-weight only and for the case with an additional weight on the top of the column. The columns were exposed to a horizontal base acceleration of three accelerograms by successively increasing the maximum acceleration to their failure. The characteristic displacements and accelerations of the column were measured. It was concluded that an increase in the number of blocks in the column can significantly increase or decrease its ultimate bearing capacity, depending on the type of the applied accelerogram. It is expected that the experimental database can be useful in the validation of nonlinear numerical models for the dynamic analysis of multidrum columns.