Acta Mechanica

, Volume 227, Issue 6, pp 1671–1684 | Cite as

Stability of rigid blocks exposed to single-pulse excitation

  • Hrvoje Smoljanovic
  • Zeljana Nikolic
  • Nikolina Zivaljic
  • Ivan BalicEmail author
Original Paper


This paper proposes a numerical procedure that can predict the minimum duration of a rectangular, half-cycle sine wave, linearly increasing and triangular single-pulse excitation required to overturn the rigid block resting on a moving base. Since the linearization assumption in the derivation of an analytical solution, which has already been used by Housner and other researchers, cannot be valid for a block with various slenderness ratios and dimensions, a derivation of numerical solutions which would be valid for all types of block is necessary. The proposed numerical procedure takes into account the possibility of sliding and uplifting of the block from the base. The numerical algorithm for the proposed numerical procedure in a commercial code C++ is given in the “Appendix.”


Ground Acceleration Pulse Excitation Slenderness Ratio Minimum Duration Shake Table Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hrvoje Smoljanovic
    • 1
  • Zeljana Nikolic
    • 1
  • Nikolina Zivaljic
    • 1
  • Ivan Balic
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and GeodesyUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia

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