Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Selective storage racks are used worldwide as a lightweight structure for both temporary and long term storage of palletised goods. These structures are routinely designed for earthquake actions using the equivalent static method, which relies on the fundamental period of vibration to calculate design loads. Selective racks can uplift and rock in the cross-aisle direction during earthquake loading, however, leading to a period of vibration that is longer than the fundamental mode used in conventional design methods. This thesis investigates the uplift and rocking behaviour of selective storage racks and proposes a method to determine the e ective period of vibration to improve the accuracy of the equivalent static method.



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