Implementation of Passive Energy Dissipation Systems in the United States

by Andrew S. Whittaker, Univ of California at Berkeley, Richmond, United States,
Ian D. Aiken, Univ of California at Berkeley, Richmond, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Significant advances in the field of passive energy dissipation for improved structural seismic resistance have been made in recent years. Developments in research and analysis techniques have been paralleled by significant improvements and refinements of device hardware. This paper provides a summary of two types of energy dissipation devices that have been studied experimentally and are in the process of being implemented in structures in the United States. These systems are now sufficiently well understood for them to be suitable for consideration if an energy-dissipation approach is to be used in new or retrofit design.

Subject Headings: Energy dissipation | Load and resistance factor design | Seismic design | Earthquake resistant structures | Building design | Steel structures | Seismic tests | United States

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