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Seismic resistance of traditional timber-frame hımış structures in Turkey: a brief overview

Aktas, YD; (2017) Seismic resistance of traditional timber-frame hımış structures in Turkey: a brief overview. International Wood Products Journal 10.1080/20426445.2016.1273683. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Hımış structures have hardly ever found as extensive a role as other traditional timber housing, such as those originating from Japan or Central Europe, within the wide discourse on the seismic performance of timber-frame architecture that has gained significant momentum in the last few decades owing to advancing testing technologies. While the hımış construction technique was perhaps not born as a result of a conscious search for a seismically resistant building form, it was soon widely appreciated for its structural features advantageous under seismic loading - especially from the sixteenth century when it has become a well-established construction technique in part of the Balkans and in today’s Turkey. Despite widely available anecdotal information based on post-disaster studies regarding its performance under earthquakes, robust quantitative data on the seismic behaviour of these structures were practically non-existent until quite recently, and are still somewhat limited. However, we are now able to confirm that hımış constructions do have intrinsic qualities that are very beneficial under seismic action. This paper aims to make a brief review of the current state of our knowledge on structural performance of hımış buildings under earthquake loading, with specific emphasis on infill/cladding techniques, connection details and energy dissipation characteristics.

Type: Article
Title: Seismic resistance of traditional timber-frame hımış structures in Turkey: a brief overview
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20426445.2016.1273683
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20426445.2016.1273683
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Wood Products Journal on 20 January 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20426445.2016.1273683
Keywords: hımış, timber-frame, vernacular architecture, connections, seismic behaviour
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536404
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