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Viscoelastic damper overview for seismic and wind applications
Author(s): Edmond J. Nielsen; Ming-Lai Lai; T. T. Soong; James M. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

Viscoelastic dampers to reduce building structural vibration were first utilized in the Twin World Trade Center Towers in New York in 1969 for wind induced vibrations. In the 1980s, the Columbia SeaFirst and Two Union Square Buildings in Seattle utilized dampers for wind. In 1994 the Chien-Tan railroad station roof in Taipei, Taiwan utilized viscoelastic dampers to reduce wind induced vibrations. Recent seismic studies at several universities have demonstrated the benefits of viscoelastic dampers for steel and concrete structures. A 13 story steel moment frame building in Santa Clara County was retrofitted with viscoelastic dampers in 1994 to reduce seismic vibrations. A non-ductile concrete building in San Diego will be retrofitted with viscoelastic dampers in 1996. The results of university testing and building application installations are reviewed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2720, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Passive Damping and Isolation, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239081
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Edmond J. Nielsen, 3M Co. (United States)
Ming-Lai Lai, 3M Co. (United States)
T. T. Soong, SUNY/Buffalo (United States)
James M. Kelly, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2720:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Passive Damping and Isolation
Conor D. Johnson, Editor(s)

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