Damping Systems to Limit the Motion of Tall Buildings

by D. Fraser Sinclair, LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Building Motion in Wind


Two types of damping systems have been used successfully in building applications - the Tuned Mass Damper, and Viscoelastic Damping Units. In the past, Tuned Mass Dampers were used in applications where high (over 4%) levels of damping were required. Now, it has been found that viscoelastic damping systems can also achieve high levels of damping. A building example is presented in which both types of damping devices are considered.

Subject Headings: Damping | Motion (dynamics) | Building design | Vibration | Viscoelasticity | Wind tunnel | High-rise buildings

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