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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 675698, 17 pages
Research Article

Fuzzy Control for Seismic Protection of Semiactive Base-Isolated Structures Subjected to Near-Fault Earthquakes

School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Yanshan University, No. 438 Hebei Road, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China

Received 22 October 2015; Accepted 6 December 2015

Academic Editor: Filippo Ubertini

Copyright © 2015 Dahai Zhao and Yongxing Li. 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.


This paper proposes a new fuzzy logic controller, which is designed for seismic protection of base-isolated structures utilizing piezoelectric friction damper against near-fault earthquakes for different ground sites. According to the elastic design spectrum that Eurocode 8 recommends, one 5% damped elastic design spectrum for Chi-Chi earthquake is proposed to generate artificial earthquakes of different ground sites. The proposed controller employs a hierarchic fuzzy control algorithm, in which a supervisory fuzzy controller governs a sublevel fuzzy controller by altering its input normalization factors according to current level of ground motion. In order to simultaneously reduce the base displacement and superstructure responses of the base-isolated structure during seismic excitations, genetic algorithm is employed to optimize the supervisory fuzzy controller and the preload of piezoelectric friction damper. The efficiency of the proposed controller is also compared with passive controller and a linear quadratic Gauss optimal controller. Numerical results show that the proposed fuzzy logic controller has favorable performance in mitigating the responses of the base-isolated structure.