The first passage problem for a sliding rigid block on a frictional foundation, subjected to Gaussian white noise through the foundation, is studied. A well‐posed boundary value problem is formulated from Markov process theory and solved for the ordinary moments of time to first passage by the finite element method. A range of parameters is studied representing a simple seismic base isolation system. Results of Monte Carlo simulation are given for comparison.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)