Tuned Mass Damper

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Tuned mass damper in Taipei 101, the world's tallest skyscraper

Typically, the tuned mass dampers, a kind of seismic vibration control technology [1], are huge concrete blocks mounted in skyscrapers or other structures and moved in opposition to the resonance frequency oscillations of the structures by means of some sort of spring mechanism.

Taipei 101 skyscraper [2] depicted on the left needs to withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. For this purpose, a steel pendulum weighing 660 metric tons that serves as a tuned mass damper was designed and installed atop the structure. Suspended from the 92nd to the 88th floor, the pendulum sways to decrease resonant amplifications of lateral displacements in the building caused by earthquakes and strong gusts.[3]

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  1. Tuned mass damper
  2. Taipei World Financial Center
  3. Valentin Shustov (2012), "Introduction to seismic fitness," http://nees.org/resources/4450.