Synthesis of Lateral Structural Bracing with Active Tendons

by C. P. Pantelides, Univ of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


The idea of combining X bracing, viscoelastic dampers, and active tendons in a structure which has been optimized for gravity loads is presented. It is shown that reduction of the structure's response can be achieved more efficiently. The three systems can be used to resist various levels of intensity of external loads. The X bracing and viscoelastic dampers can be used to resist moderate windstorms or earthquakes, while in a severe earthquake all three systems would be operational.

Subject Headings: Gravity loads | Bracing | Tendons | Viscoelasticity | Building design | Building systems | Structural response | Damping

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