The Past and Future of Seismic Effectiveness of Tuned Mass Dampers

  • A. H. Chowdhury
  • M. D. Iwuchukwu
  • J. J. Garske

Abstract

The tuned mass dampers (TMDs) have been found effective to reduce the wind induced response of tall buildings [5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22]. The effectiveness of tuned mass dampers under transient type ground excitations such as earthquakes has been studied by several investigators [2, 4, 8, 12, 19, 23, 24, 25]. Grandall and Mark [4] investigated the effect of single-degree-of-freedom tuned mass dampers mounted on single-degree-of-freedom primary structural systems subjected to stationary ideal white noise excitation. They found that as the frequency of the tuned mass damper approaches the frequency of the primary structure, the tuned mass damper is effective in reducing the displacement and acceleration response of the primary structure. Their results show that the acceleration has sharp tuning when the mass ratio µ is small and has broad tuning when µ is large. They have defined the mass ratio µ as the ratio of the mass of the TMD to the mass of the primary structure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Chowdhury
    • 1
  • M. D. Iwuchukwu
    • 1
  • J. J. Garske
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  2. 2.Jorgenson EngineeringFargoUSA

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