Can Friction Pendulum Bearing (FPB) AKA. Friction Pendulum System (FPS) suppresses the effect of an earthquake from every direction or only from one direction?

Please take a look at the tests which seem to be made from only one direction. Tectonic hazards/Shake-table

  • $\begingroup$ How have you analyzed the inputs and outputs of this system? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ @SolarMike Please check my edit $\endgroup$
    – itsazzad
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ Why do you say that when your linked page says a shake table generates vibrations in all 6 axes? What we need is a good explanation of a FPBS and its intended capability. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 13:03

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Here's an article about triple-PDB systems which has some nice diagrams of each level within the system. From one of the pictures, it seems clear that the circumferential symmetry means a PDB handles vibrations in at the very least all axes in the plane.
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from the article,

The Triple Pendulum™ isolator's inner pendulum consists of an inner slider that slides along two inner concave spherical surfaces. Properties of the inner pendulum are typically chosen to reduce the peak accelerations acting on the isolated structure and its contents, to minimize the participation of higher structure modes, and to reduce structure shear forces that occur during service level earthquakes.


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