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Seismic control of civil structures utilizing semiactive MR bracing systems
Author(s): Gregory J. Hiemenz; Young-Tai Choi; Norman M. Wereley
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Paper Abstract

Magnetorheological (MR) dampers are a promising class of devices for the control of civil structures for earthquake hazard mitigation. MR dampers exhibit both viscous damping and friction damping, where the friction damping level is controlled by an applied magnetic field. This unique characteristic, as well as low power requirements, high force capacity, and mechanical simplicity, lends them to be very suitable devices for the semi-active control of such seismically loaded structures. This study investigates semi- active control methods and their application to MR dampers. Skyhook control and a 'clipped' Continuous Sliding Mode (CSM) control are simulated both numerically and experimentally. The results show that control of civil structures with semi- actively controlled MR braces is very effective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3988, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (20 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383141
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Gregory J. Hiemenz, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Young-Tai Choi, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Norman M. Wereley, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3988:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
S.-C. Liu, Editor(s)

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