Some observations on the seismic behaviour of traditional timber structures in Turkey

Akan, Aslı Er
This thesis is about behaviour of traditional timber structures under lateral loads in Turkey. The timber-framed houses are the products of cultural heritage of people who live in Anatolia. These structures have performed well in earthquakes throughout the history. As a result, this study intends to present the observations on the seismic behaviours of traditional timber buildings with the help of computer-generated models. In this thesis, the general characteristics of timber are examined, the earthquake problem is briefly introduced, its effects on buildings are discussed, current knowledge on the earthquake performance of traditional Turkish timber buildings is presented, and their seismic behaviours are shown by using SAP2000 to help to better understand their behaviours in an earthquake.


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Citation Formats
A. E. Akan, “Some observations on the seismic behaviour of traditional timber structures in Turkey,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2004.