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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 64, Number 2, October25 2017, pages 233-241

Seismic control of structures using sloped bottom tuned liquid dampers
Amardeep D. Bhosale and Mohan M. Murudi

    Earlier numerous studies have been done on implementation of Tuned Liquid Damper (TLD) for structural vibration control by many researchers. As per current review there is no significant study on a sloped bottom TLD. TLD\'s are passive devices. A TLD is a tank rigidly attached to the structure and filled partially by liquid. When fundamental linear sloshing frequency is tuned to structure\'s natural frequency large sloshing amplitude is expected. In this study set of experiments are conducted on flat bottom and sloped bottom TLD at beach slope 20o, 30o and 45o, for different types of structures, mass ratio, and depth ratio to investigate the overall effectiveness of TLD and specific effect of TLD parameters on structural response. This experimental study shows that a properly designed TLD reduces structural response. It is also observed that effectiveness of TLD increases with increase in mass ratio. In this experimental study an effectiveness of sloped bottom TLD with beach slope 30o is investigated and compared with that of flat bottom TLD in reducing the structural response. It is observed from this study that efficiency of sloped bottom TLD in reducing the response of structure is more as compared to that of flat bottom TLD. It is shown that there is good agreement between numerical simulation of flat bottom and sloped bottom TLD and its experimental results. Also an attempt has been made to investigate the effectiveness of sloped bottom TLD with beach slope 20o and 45o.
Key Words
    tuned liquid dampers; vibration control; sloshing; energy dissipation; TLD design and base excitation
Amardeep D. Bhosale and Mohan M. Murudi: Department of Structural Engineering, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Andheri (west), Mumbai - 400058, India

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