Posts Tagged with Building & Structure

Vibration Control of Long Span Balcony in a Church Using Two Tuned Mass Dampers

Upon having the construction of a new church near completion, walking induced vibration was perceived on a long span balcony.  DEICON conducted on-site measurements and identified the first two natural frequencies of the balcony.  In addition, the participating mass and the damping ratio of mode 1 of the balcony was evaluated.  Tuned damping was used […]

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Monumental Staircase Vibration Abatement Using a Tuned Mass Damper-3

To address the vibration of a monumental staircase in an office building, the structural engineer of the project incorporated a 500 lb tuned mass damper (TMD) into the design.  DEICON designed, fabricated the TMD to be installed underneath the landing Figure 1 shows the tuned mass damper. The dynamic attributes of the monumental staircase, namely […]

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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 (TMDs) to the underside of each of the three balconies. Following […]

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