Finite Element Analysis on Behaviors of Furniture and Ceiling during Seismic Excitation


Investigations on behaviors of furniture and ceiling during seismic excitation as well as on building structure itself are becoming more important to maintain our safety after or during evacuation. On the other hand, it is usually very costly to simulate these behaviors by experiments. The main objective of this study is to develop a low-cost, highly accurate finite element code for analyzing behaviors of furniture and ceiling under seismic excitation. We applied the ASI-Gauss code, which is originally developed to analyze collapse behaviors of buildings, to these problems. The numerical results are validated with the experimental result obtained by some shake-table tests.