Posts Tagged with Building & Structure

Monumental Staircase Vibration Abatement Using a Tuned Mass Damper-2

To lower the vibration level of a monumental staircase, one 500 lb tuned mass damper (TMD) was designed, fabricated, and appended to the structure. The natural frequency of the staircase was measured and used for tuning the TMD. Figure 1 shows the landing of the staircase with two of the measurement locations highlighted. [Monumental aesthetically […]

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Vibration Abatement of a Monumental Staircase Using a Tuned Mass Damper

Following the evaluation of the dynamic attributes of a monumental staircase (in an upscale financial office building), one 500 lb tuned mass damper (TMD) was designed, fabricated, and shipped to the job site. Two views of the nearly completed staircase are shown in Figure 1. [Monumental, aesthetically pleasing staircases are getting incorporated more and more […]

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Vibration Control of an Overlook Using Tuned Mass Dampers

Hunter’s Point South Park is a breath-taking waterfront park located on the edge of the East River, in Western Queens, NY. The focal point of the park is Hunter’s Point South overlook, a beautiful cantilevered platform that offers unobstructed views of the New York skyline. The Overlook’s rather low fundamental frequency (3.5 Hz) combined with […]

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Vibration Control of a Concrete, Cantilever Pier Using Tuned Mass Dampers

Grant Street Pier, the focal point for “The Waterfront” development in Vancouver, WA is an attractive, triangular, post-tensioned concrete deck overhanging the water by 90 feet providing an expansive view of Columbia River. A cable system and 80-foot-tall mast support the deck. Since the pier is intended for visitors walking on it as well as […]

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Vibration Control of Long Span Balcony Using a Tuned Mass Damper

Excessive vibration of a long span balcony (mezzanine) in an upscale residence was addressed by using a tuned mass damper tuned to the natural frequency of the first structural mode of the balcony. The TMD was sized to have the nominal active mass of 450 Kg. The depth and height of the TMD were chosen […]

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Balcony Vibration Control Using Tuned Mass Dampers

The irregular shape of three large, 1200 square feet, cantilevered balconies in a high-profile performing arts center resulted in areas at the balcony tip and edge susceptible to potentially annoying levels of vibration. To mitigate this effect, the building designers added tuned mass dampers to the underside of each of the three balconies. Following the […]

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Multi-mode vibration Control of a Floor System Using Tuned Mass Dampers

The composite floor system of a large multipurpose room on the third floor of the admission building at a state university exhibited noticeable vibration caused by walking. The composite floor system consists of three long and narrow bays. The vibratory attributes of the floor system established by numerical analyses and measurement revealed the presence of […]

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Vibration Control of a Concert Venue Floor System Using Tuned Mass Dampers

Tuned mass dampers (TMDs) were used to abate resonant vibration of the floor system induced by the rhythmic (dancing) perturbation at an upscale intimate concert venue/night club. The composite floor system is made up of 2.5” lightweight concrete on 3” deep, 20 gauge steel deck supported by wide flange steel beams and girder framing. The […]

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