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Method for measuring the effective mass of a building using an active tuned mass damper
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Paper Abstract

Authors propose a method to identify the mass matrix of a large building structure by using a small active dynamic damper, or equivalently, an active tuned mass damper. We modify the acceleration feedback algorithm, which was once developed for improving the dynamic damper's performance, with a different objective. The advantage of the dynamic damper is its size: it is so small that there is a possibility that we could create an extra-small device for measuring the mass of a large structure. We review the physical meaning of the acceleration feedback, and then we use a single-degree-of-freedom model to explain how to operate the device to examine the weight of a primary structure. Then, we extend this method to a multi-degree-of- freedom model so that we can measure its effective modal mass with respect to the location where this device is placed. The identification of the mass matrix of a large structure can be completed as we shift the observing points and determine the associated effective mass. Several numerical studies are also carried out to certify the proposed method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4330, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434144
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Isao Nishimura, Musashi Institute of Technology (Japan)
Takuji Hamamoto, Musashi Institute of Technology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4330:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
S.-C. Liu, Editor(s)

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