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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 7, Number 6, December 2014, pages 1071-1091

Optimum tuned mass damper approaches for adjacent structures
Sinan Melih Nigdeli and Gebrail Bekdaş

    Pounding of adjacent structures are always a notable reason for damages after strong ground motions, but it is already unforeseen detail in newly constructed structures. Thus, several approaches have been proposed in order to prevent the pounding of structures. By using optimally tuned mass dampers, it is possible to decrease the displacement vibrations of structures. But in adjacent structures, the response of both structures must be considered in the objective function of optimization process. In this paper, two different designs of Tuned Mass Dampers (TMD) are investigated. The first design covers independent TMDs on both structures. In the second design, adjacent structures are coupled by a TMD on the top of the structures. Optimum TMD parameters are found by using the developed optimization methodology employing harmony search algorithm. The proposed method is presented with single degree of freedom and multiple degree of freedom structures. Results show that the coupled design is not effective on multiple degree of freedom adjacent structures. The coupled design is only effective for rigid structures with a single degree of freedom while the use of independent TMDs are effective on both rigid and flexural structures.
Key Words
    adjacent structures; structural control; tuned mass damper; optimization; harmony search; pounding
Sinan Melih Nigdeli and Gebrail Bekdaş: Department of Civil Engineering, Istanbul University, 34320 Avc

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