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Experimental investigation of steel structure with recentering shape memory alloy damper
Author(s): Hui Qian; Wenjie Ren; Hongnan Li; Huai Chen
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Paper Abstract

Superelastic shape memory alloys (SMAs) are a class of materials that have the ability to undergo large deformations while reverting back to their original shape through removal of stress. The unique material can be utilized as key components for seismic energy dissipation in earthquake engineering. In this paper, an innovative recentering SMAsbased damper (RSMAD) is introduced. Cyclic tensile-compressive tests on the damper with various pre-strain under different loading frequency and displacement amplitude are conducted. To assess the effectiveness of the damper in reducing dynamic response of structures subjected to strong seismic excitations, an extensive experimental program and main results of shaking table tests performed on reduced-scale steel frame model with and without RSMAD are presented. In the shaking table tests, several representative seismic signals as well as white noise motion are utilized as input energy. The comparisons of dynamic behaviors, i.e. storey displacements, interstorey drifts and storey accelerations, of structural model with and without RSMAD under seismic loading are conducted. The results show that RSMAD is effective in suppressing the dynamic response of building structures subjected to strong earthquakes by dissipating a large portion of energy through their hysteretic loops.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7493, Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 74936Q (21 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.840239
Show Author Affiliations
Hui Qian, Zhengzhou Univ. (China)
Wenjie Ren, Hebei Univ. of Technology (China)
Hongnan Li, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Huai Chen, Zhengzhou Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7493:
Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jinsong Leng; Anand K. Asundi; Wolfgang Ecke, Editor(s)

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