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Smart Structures and Systems
  Volume 16, Number 4, October 2015 , pages 725-742

Performance of TMDs on nonlinear structures subjected to near-fault earthquakes
Martín Domizio, Daniel Ambrosini and Oscar Curadelli

    Tuned mass dampers (TMD) are devices employed in vibration control since the beginning of the twentieth century. However, their implementation for controlling the seismic response in civil structures is more recent. While the efficiency of TMD on structures under far-field earthquakes has been demonstrated, the convenience of its employment against near-fault earthquakes is still under discussion. In this context, the study of this type of device is raised, not as an alternative to the seismic isolation, which is clearly a better choice for new buildings, but rather as an improvement in the structural safety of existing buildings. Seismic records with an impulsive character have been registered in the vicinity of faults that cause seismic events. In this paper, the ability of TMD to control the response of structures that experience inelastic deformations and eventually reach collapse subject to the action of such earthquakes is studied. The results of a series of nonlinear dynamic analyses are presented. These analyses are performed on a numerical model of a structure under the action of near-fault earthquakes. The structure analyzed in this study is a steel frame which behaves as a single degree of freedom (SDOF) system. TMD with different mass values are added on the numerical model of the structure, and the TMD performance is evaluated by comparing the response of the structure with and without the control device.
Key Words
    tuned mass damper; near fault earthquakes; collapse; non-linear dynamic analyses
Martín Domizio, Daniel Ambrosini and Oscar Curadelli: Structural Engineering Master Program. Engineering Faculty, National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina;
CONICET, National Research Council from Argentina, Argentina

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