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Performance evaluation of a semi-active cladding connection for multi-hazard mitigation
Author(s): Yongqiang Gong; Liang Cao; Laura Micheli; Simon Laflamme; Spencer Quiel; James Ricles
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Paper Abstract

A novel semi-active damping device termed Variable Friction Cladding Connection (VFCC) has been previously proposed to leverage cladding systems for the mitigation of natural and man-made hazards. The VFCC is a semi-active friction damper that connects cladding elements to the structural system. The friction force is generated by sliding plates and varied using an actuator through a system of adjustable toggles. The dynamics of the device has been previously characterized in a laboratory environment. In this paper, the performance of the VFCC at mitigating non-simultaneous multi-hazard excitations that includes wind and seismic loads is investigated on a simulated benchmark building. Simulations consider the robustness with respect to some uncertainties, including the wear of the friction surfaces and sensor failure. The performance of the VFCC is compared against other connection strategies including traditional stiffness, passive viscous, and passive friction elements. Results show that the VFCC is robust and capable of outperforming passive systems for the mitigation of multiple hazards.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2018
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10595, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XII, 105950B (15 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2295933
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Yongqiang Gong, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Liang Cao, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Laura Micheli, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Simon Laflamme, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Spencer Quiel, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
James Ricles, Lehigh Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10595:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XII
Alper Erturk, Editor(s)

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