Tuned Mass Dampers for Buildings

by Robert J. McNamara, (M.ASCE), Principal; Gillum-Colaco Consulting Struct. Engrs., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 9, Pg. 1785-1798

Document Type: Journal Paper


Tuned mass dampers attached to single degree-of-freedom systems representing tall buildings are studied. System equations are formulated and solved for various input forcing functions. Design parameters of the damper are varied to study the response reduction. Experimental wind tunnel results are presented, and a practical application of a large-scale damper is illustrated.

Subject Headings: Damping | Building systems | Degrees of freedom | Parameters (statistics) | Wind tunnel | Tunnels

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