Tuning TMDs to “Fix” Floors in MDOF Shear Buildings

  • Jennifer Rinker
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


Many researchers have examined the optimal design of tuned mass dampers (TMDs) for vibration reduction in single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) and multiple-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) systems. This work focuses on the design of damped TMDs to “fix” selected floors of a harmonically base-excited building in shear such that the vibrational amplitudes of the selected floors are zero. This method does not require the fixed floors, referred to as “fixed nodes,” to coincide with the floors to which the TMDs are attached. This paper presents the proposed tuning method and addresses the feasible arrangements of the fixed and TMD floors. The proposed tuning method is demonstrated with a simulation of a 3-DOF shear building, along with a discussion on the effects of mistuning on the TMD performance.


tuned-mass dampers shear buildings tuning procedure base excitation enforcing nodes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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