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Title: Seismic protection of a building complex using variable friction damper : experimental investigation
Authors: Xu, YL 
Ng, CL
Keywords: Algorithms
Damping
Experimentation
Piezoelectricity
Seismic effects
Shake table tests
Structural control
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of engineering mechanics, 2008, v. 134, no. 8, p. 637-649 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of engineering mechanics 
Abstract: This study presents an experimental investigation of seismic control of a building complex using variable friction damper. The laboratory-scale building complex was composed of a 12-story building and a three-story podium structure coupled in different configurations. The laboratory-scale variable friction damper was tailor made with a piezoelectric actuator. The performance test of the piezoelectric actuator was carried out to identify its characteristics. The performance test was then conducted on the piezo-driven variable friction damper under either constant or varying voltage to identify its motion-independent characteristics. Based on the characterization results, a close-loop operating scheme was proposed together with two classes of semiactive controllers: local-feedback controller and global-feedback controller, for real-time manipulation of the damper. The building complex was finally tested in uncoupled, rigid-coupled, passive damper-coupled, and semiactive damper-coupled configurations. The control performance of variable friction damper for the building complex was examined and compared with other cases. The test results showed that semiactive coupling control was promising for reducing seismic responses of both buildings.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/20056
ISSN: 0733-9399
EISSN: 1943-7889
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9399(2008)134:8(637)
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