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Passive energy dissipation systems encompass a range of materials and devices for
enhancing damping, stiffness and strength, and can be used both for seismic hazard
mitigation and for rehabilitation of aging or deficient structures. In general, such systems are
characterized by their capability to enhance energy dissipation in the structural systems in
which they are installed.
1.1.1 Principles of Operation
These devices generally operate on principles such as frictional sliding, yielding of
metals, phase transformation in metals, deformation of viscoelastic (VE) solids or fluids,
fluid orificing and sloshing.
1.1.2 Basic Function
The basic function of passive energy dissipation devices when incorporated into the
superstructure of a building is to absorb or consume a portion of the input energy, thereby
reducing energy dissipation demand on primary structural members and minimizing possible
structural damage.




Figure 1.1 Conventional Structure





Figure 1.2 Structure with Passive Energy Dissipation (PED)


A large number of passive control systems or PED devices have been developed and
installed in structures for performance enhancement under earthquake loads.
A variety of passive energy dissipation devices are available and have been
implemented worldwide for seismic protection of structures. Passive energy dissipation
systems are classified herein in three categories as follows.
1. Rate-dependent system
2. Rate-independent system
3. Others
1.2.1 Rate-Dependent System
Rate-dependent system consists of dampers whose force output is dependent on the
rate of change of displacement across the damper. The behaviour of such dampers is
commonly described using various models of linear viscoelasticity.
This system is also called as velocity-dependent or viscoelastic system. It may or may
not impart additional stiffness to the structure. This system works on the principle of fluid
orificing or deformation of viscoelastic solids.
Examples: Viscoelastic Fluid dampers and Viscoelastic Solid dampers.
1.2.2 Rate-Independent System
Rate-independent systems consist of dampers whose force output is not dependent on
the rate of change of displacement across the damper but rather upon the magnitude of the
displacement and possibly the sign of the velocity i.e., the direction of motion.
The behaviour of such dampers is commonly described using various nonlinear
hysteretic models. This system is also called as displacement-dependent or hysteretic system.
It always adds stiffness to the structure. This system works on the principle of yielding of
metals or sliding friction.
Examples: Metallic dampers and Friction dampers.

Energy dissipation systems which cannot be classified by one of the above basic
systems depicted are classified as other systems. These systems work on the various principle
of operation and can be further classified as follows.
1. Re-centering System
2. Dynamic Vibration Absorbers
1.2.3 Re-centering System
This system utilizes either a preload generated by fluid pressurization or internal
springs, or a phase transformation to produce a modified force-displacement response that
includes a natural re-centering component.
Examples: Pressurized fluid dampers, Preloaded spring-friction dampers, and Phase
transformation dampers.
1.2.4 Dynamic Vibration Absorbers
In these systems, supplemental oscillators involving mass, stiffness and damping are
introduced in order to significantly enhance performance, the dynamic characteristics of the
supplemental oscillators must be tuned to those of the primary structure. The objective of
incorporating a dynamic vibration absorber into a structure is basically to reduce energy
dissipation demand on the primary structural members under the action of external forces.
The reduction, in this case, is accomplished by transferring some of the structural\vibrational
energy to the absorber
Examples: Tuned mass dampers and Tuned liquid dampers
Explanations on these various dampers are given in the following chapters.

Metallic dampers are hysteretic systems that dissipate energy with no significant rate
dependence and utilize the yielding of metals as the dissipative mechanism. The mechanism
involved in energy dissipation in metallic dampers can be categorized as one form of internal
friction. One of the effective mechanisms available for the dissipation of energy input to a
structure from an earthquake is through inelastic deformation of metals.
Many of these devices use mild steel plates with triangular or X shapes so that
yielding is spread almost uniformly throughout the material. Single round hole metallic
damper and double X shaped metallic damper are commonly used.

Figure 2.1 X-shaped Plate Damper

Figure 2.2 Triangular Plate Damper

The idea of utilizing supplemental metallic hysteretic dampers within the

superstructure is to absorb a large portion of the seismic energy during earthquakes. The
performance objectives of using metallic dampers within the superstructure are energy
dissipation and strength enhancement.
Other configurations of steel yielding devices include bending type of honeycomb and
slit dampers and shear panel type. Two major types of metallic dampers are

Buckling-Restrained Brace (BRB) dampers

Added Damping and Stiffness (ADAS) dampers.

2.1.1 Buckling-Restrained Brace Dampers

A BRB damper consists of a steel brace usually having low-yield strength with a
cruciform cross section that is surrounded by a stiff steel tube. The region between the tube
and brace is filled with a concrete-like material and a special coating is applied to the brace to
prevent it from bonding to the concrete. Thus, the brace can slide with respect to the
concrete-filled tube. The confinement provided by the concrete-filled tube allows the brace to
be subjected to compressive loads without buckling i.e., the damper can yield in tension or
compression with the tensile and compressive loads being carried entirely by the steel brace.
Under compressive loads, the damper behaviour is essentially identical to its
behaviour in tension. Since buckling is prevented, significant energy dissipation can occur
over a cycle of motion. In many cases, BRB dampers are installed within a chevron bracing

Figure 2.3 Typical Arrangement of BRB Damper

Figure 2.4 Sectional View of BRB Damper


2.1.2 Added Damping and Stiffness Dampers

An ADAS damper consists of a series of steel plates wherein the bottom of the plates
are attached to the top of a chevron bracing arrangement and the top of the plates are attached
to the floor level above the bracing.
As the floor level above deforms laterally with respect to the chevron bracing, the
steel plates are subjected to a shear force. The shear forces induce bending moments over the
height of the plates, with bending occurring about the weak axis of the plate cross section.
The geometrical configuration of the plates is such that the bending moments produce
a uniform flexural stress distribution over the height of the plates. Thus, inelastic action
occurs uniformly over the full height of the plates. For example, in the case where the plates
are fixed-pinned, the geometry is triangular. In the case where the plates are fixed-fixed, the
geometry is an hourglass shape.
To ensure that the relative deformation of the ADAS device is approximately equal to
that of the story in which it is installed, the chevron bracing must be very stiff. ADAS damper
will be damaged after an earthquake and may need to be replaced.

Figure 2.5 Typical Arrangement of X-plate Metallic Damper (ADAS)

The advantages and disadvantages of friction dampers are as follows.

Stable hysteretic behaviour

Long-term reliability

Insensitivity to environment factors like temperature, humidity etc.

Materials and behaviour familiar to practicing engineers



Devices damaged after earthquake; may require replacement

Nonlinear behaviour; may require nonlinear analysis


Friction dampers are hysteretic systems that dissipate energy with no significant rate
dependence and utilize the mechanism of solid friction that develops between two solid
bodies sliding relative to one another to provide the desired energy dissipation.
Several types of friction dampers have been developed for the purpose of improving
seismic response of structures. Damping using frictional dampers is considered to be the most
effective and economic solution for seismic upgrade.
In late seventies, frictional dampers were developed inspired with the principle of
friction brakes in automobiles. They usually consist of series of steel plates specially treated
to develop most reliable friction. The plates are clamped together with high strength steel
During severe seismic excitations, friction dampers slip at a predetermined optimum
load before yielding occurs in other structural members and dissipate a major portion of the
seismic energy.
This allows the building to remain elastic or at least yielding is delayed to be available
during maximum credible earthquakes.
Another feature of friction damped buildings is that their natural period varies with
the amplitude of vibration. Hence the phenomenon of resonance is avoided. The performance
objectives are energy dissipation and strength enhancement.
Nowadays, several frictional dampers are being used. They are available for tension
cross bracing, single diagonal bracing and for chevron bracing. A short description on various
types of friction dampers as follows.

2.2.1 Slotted-Bolted Friction Damper

The slotted-bolted damper consists of steel plates that are bolted together with a
specified clamping force. The clamping force is such that slip can occur at a pre-specified
friction force. At the sliding interface between the steel plates, special materials are utilized to
promote stable coefficients of friction.

Figure 2.6 Slotted-Bolted Friction Damper Assembly

2.2.2 Pall Cross-Bracing Friction Damper
The Pall cross-bracing friction damper consists of cross-bracing that connects in the
centre to a rectangular damper. The damper is bolted to the cross-bracing. Under lateral load,
the structural frame distorts such that two of the braces are subject to tension and the other
two to compression.
This force system causes the rectangular damper to deform into a parallelogram,
dissipating energy at the bolted joints through sliding friction.

Figure 2.7 Pall Cross-Bracing Friction Damper


2.2.3 Sumitomo Friction Damper

Sumitomo friction damper is a cylindrical friction damper that dissipates energy via
sliding friction between copper friction pads and steel. The copper pads are impregnated with
graphite to lubricate the sliding surface and ensure a stable coefficient of friction.

Figure 2.8 Sumitomo Friction Damper

2.2.4 Energy Dissipation Restraint
The design is similar to the Sumitomo concept, since this device also includes an
internal spring and wedges encased in a steel cylinder. However, there are several novel
aspects of the Energy Dissipation Restraint (EDR) that combine to produce very different
response characteristics.

Figure 2.9 Energy Dissipation Restraint


The EDR utilizes steel compression wedges and bronze friction wedges to transform the axial
spring force into normal pressure acting outward on the cylinder wall. Thus, the frictional
surface is formed by the interface between the bronze wedges and the steel cylinder. Internal
stops are provided within the cylinder in order to create the tension and compression gaps.
Consequently, unlike the Sumitomo device, the length of the internal spring can be
altered during operation, providing a variable frictional slip force.
The advantages and disadvantages of friction dampers are as follows.

Simple and foolproof in construction

Insensitivity to environment factors like temperature, humidity etc.,

Large energy dissipation per cycle

Compact in design and can be easily hidden within drywall partitions

Do not need regular inspection, maintenance, repair or replacement before and

after the earthquake


Sliding interface conditions may change with time (reliability concern)

Strong nonlinear behaviour, may excite higher modes and require nonlinear

Permanent displacements if no restoring force mechanism provided

Adds Large Initial Stiffness to System


Viscoelastic Fluid dampers are viscoelastic systems that dissipate energy with
significant rate dependence and utilize the fluid orificing and deformation of viscoelastic
fluids as the dissipative mechanism.
A Viscoelastic Fluid damper generally consists of a piston within a damper housing
filled with a compound of silicone or similar type of oil, and the piston may contain a number
of small orifices through which the fluid may pass from one side of the piston to the other.
Thus, it dissipates energy through the movement of a piston in a highly viscoelastic fluid
based on the concept of fluid orificing. Viscoelastic fluid dampers are commonly installed
either within chevron bracing or diagonal bracing.
As the damper piston rod and piston head are stroked, fluid is forced to flow through
orifices either around or through the piston head. The resulting differential in pressure across
the piston head (very high pressure on the upstream side and very low pressure on the
downstream side) can produce very large forces that resist the relative motion of the damper.
The fluid flows at high velocities, resulting in the development of friction between
fluid particles and the piston head. The friction forces give rise to energy dissipation in the
form of heat.
3.1.1 Orifice Fluid Damper
It contains compressible silicone oil which is forced to flow via the action of a
stainless steel piston rod with a bronze head. The head includes a fluidic control orifice
design. In addition, an accumulator is provided to compensate for the change in volume due
to rod positioning. Alternatively, the device may be designed with a run-through piston rod
to prevent volume changes. High strength seals are required to maintain closure over the
design life of the damper. These uniaxial devices, which were originally developed for
military and harsh industrial environments, have recently found application in seismic base
isolation systems as well as for supplemental damping during seismic and wind-induced

Figure 3.1 Orifice Fluid Damper

3.1.2 Viscous Damping Wall
In this design, the piston is simply a steel plate constrained to move in its plane within
a narrow rectangular steel container filled with a viscous fluid. For typical installation in a
frame bay, the piston is attached to the upper floor, while the container is fixed to the lower
floor. Relative inter-story motion shears the fluid and thus provides energy dissipation.

Figure 3.2 Viscous Damping Wall

3.1.3 Types of Arrangements
The Viscoelastic fluid dampers can be installed by any of the following arrangements Chevron Bracing Arrangement
The chevron bracing arrangement is attractive since the full capacity of the damper is
utilized to resist lateral motion. However, the bracing is subjected primarily to axial forces
and thus, to be effective, the bracing must have high axial stiffness.
Excessive flexibility in the brace reduces the effectiveness of the damper. Note that,
in many installations, the chevron bracing arrangement is inverted such that damper is located
near the floor rather than near the ceiling. This facilitates installation and future inspection of
the dampers.


Figure 3.3 Chevron Bracing Arrangement Diagonal Bracing Arrangement
The diagonal bracing arrangement may be less effective since only a component of
the damper force (the damper axial force multiplied by the square of the cosine of the angle
of inclination) resists lateral motion. However, the bracing is subjected only to axial forces
and thus is inherently stiff. As an example, for a damper inclined at 45 degrees, the damper
effectiveness is reduced by 50% due to the inclination.
For convenient access, the damper is commonly installed near the bottom corner of
the structural framing and is pin-connected to the framing.

Figure 3.4 Diagonal Bracing Arrangement Toggle Bracing Arrangement

For stiff structures, the motion of the damper can be amplified via a mechanical
linkage known as a toggle brace system.


Figure 3.5 Toggle Bracing Arrangement

Viscoelastic fluid dampers generally exhibit minimal stiffness over a range of
frequencies that often includes the fundamental natural frequency of building or bridge
structures. Thus, such dampers generally have minimal influence on the fundamental natural
frequency of the structure.
The advantages and disadvantages of viscoelastic fluid dampers are as follows

High force and displacement capacity

No added stiffness at lower frequencies

Moderate frequency and temperature dependency

May be able to use linear analysis


Possible fluid seal leakage (reliability concern)


Viscoelastic solid dampers are viscoelastic systems that dissipate energy with
significant rate dependence and utilize the shear deformation of viscoelastic solids as the
dissipative mechanism.
Viscoelastic solid dampers used in civil engineering structural applications are
usually copolymers or glassy substances that dissipate energy when subjected to shear
deformation. These dampers consist of viscoelastic layers bonded with steel plates or solid


thermoplastic rubber sheets sandwiched between steel plates. The steel plates are attached to
the structure within chevron or diagonal bracing
As one end of the damper displaces with respect to the other, the viscoelastic material
is sheared. The shearing action results in the development of heat which is dissipated to the
environment. By their very nature, viscoelastic solids exhibit both elasticity and viscosity i.e.,
they are displacement and velocity dependent.
3.2.1 General Characteristics
Some characteristics of viscoelastic solid dampers are:

They have no threshold or activation force level, thus they dissipate energy for
all levels of earthquake excitation and wind even while the structure remains
elastic or at the early stages of cracking

They can be manufactured to add significant damping to building frames for

improved structural response. The hysteretic characteristics of dampers are
functions of shear strain level, excitation frequency, damping material type,
thickness and temperature.

They make a substantial contribution to the initial stiffness of the structure.

While the stiffening effect may lead to better control of lateral deformations,
the same stiffening may lead to larger seismically induced forces from the input
ground motions.

When mounted in a structure, shear deformation and hence energy dissipation takes
place when the structural vibration induces relative motion between the outer steel flanges
and the centre plate.

Figure 3.6 Cross-section of Viscoelastic Solid damper


Figure 3.7 Longitudinal-section of VE Solid damper configuration

If the viscoelastic damper material properties are not strongly frequency or
temperature-dependent over the expected range of frequencies of motion, linear analysis may
be used if the structure remains elastic.
Nonlinear analysis is generally applicable for seismic analysis of structures with
viscoelastic solid dampers since, under strong earthquakes, it may be difficult to completely
eliminate inelastic response.

Figure 3.8 Viscoelastic Solid Damper of a Bracing Member


Economically feasible

Activated at low displacements

Provides restoring force

Simple modelling


Lower Force and Displacement Capacity

Moderate frequency and temperature dependency


Possible debonding and tearing of VE material (reliability concern)

Necessity for nonlinear analysis in most

practical cases (as it has been shown that it is generally not possible to add
enough damping to eliminate all inelastic response)


Tuned mass dampers are dynamic vibration absorbers which consist of an auxiliary
mass-spring-dashpot system anchored or attached to the main structure. The mass moves
relative to the structure and is attached to it by spring and viscous damper in parallel.
The objective of incorporating a tuned mass damper into a structure is basically the
same as that with other energy dissipation devices discussed above, to reduce the energy
dissipation demand on the primary structural members under the action of external forces.
This reduction is a accomplished by transferring some of the structural vibration
energy to the tuned mass damper (TMD) which, in its simplest form, consists of an auxiliary
mass-spring dashpot system anchored or attached to the main structure.
When the structure vibrates, it excites the TMD and the kinetic energy is transferred
from the structure to the structure to the TMD and is absorbed by the damping component of
the device.
A number of practical considerations must be observed in the engineering design of a
TMD system. First and foremost is the amount of added mass that can be practically placed
in the building. The TMD travel relative to the building is an important design parameter. A
large movement often needs to be accommodated for a reasonable reduction of response of
the building.
Another major technique associated with a sliding mass arrangement is to provide a
low-friction bearing surface so that the mass can respond to the building movement at low
levels of excitation.
This becomes more critical when TMD functions are used as an additional damper to
improve occupant comfort. Finally, cost is an issue which must be addressed in the evaluation
of a TMD for a specified application


Figure 4.1 A Building with Tuned Mass Damper

The principle of a tuned mass damper is based on the fact that by setting its natural
frequency equal to one of the natural frequencies of the structure, its mass always opposes the
motion of the structure and hence suppresses or reduce the structures vibratory motion.
During an earthquake, TMD will move against the direction of main structural
vibration and an inertia force will be acted on the structure to reduce the response of the
One TMD can attenuate only the first mode response of a structure with its frequency
tuned to the fundamental frequency of the structure. First several modes of a high rise
structure are primary and the anticipated response reduction cannot be achieved if only the
first mode is controlled.

Figure 4.2 Modes of the Structure


A short description of the various types of tuned mass dampers follows.

4.1.1 Translational Tuned Mass Damper
The Configuration of a unidirectional translational tuned mass damper has mass
which rests on bearings that function as rollers and allow the mass to translate laterally
relative to the floor.
Springs and dampers are inserted between the mass and the adjacent vertical support
members, which transmit the lateral force to the floor level and then into the structural frame.
Bidirectional translational dampers are configured with springs/dampers in two orthogonal
directions and provide the capability for controlling structural motion in two orthogonal

Figure 4.3 Translational Tuned Mass Damper

4.1.2 Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper
PTMDs replace the translational spring and damper system with a pendulum, which
consists of a mass supported by a cable which pivots about a point.They are commonly
modelled as a simple pendulum.

Figure 4.4 Pendulum Tuned Mass Dampers


For small angular oscillations they will behave similarly to a translational TMD and can be
modelled identically with an equivalent stiffness and equivalent damping ratio. Pendulum
tuned mass damper can significantly reduce the excessive floor vibrations during
The bearing support structure used in the translational TMD assembly is expensive
and susceptible to wear over the lifespan of the system. As a result PTMD designs can be less
expensive to manufacture and last longer
The advantages and disadvantages of viscoelastic fluid dampers are as follows

Easy to design and construct

No external power required for their operation

Respond to small level of excitation

Properties can be adjusted in the field

Can be considered in new design as well as in upgrading work

A single unit can be effective in reducing vibrations induced by small

earthquakes, wind and traffic.

Economically cost effective

Require low maintenance


Large mass and space are needed for their effectiveness and installation

Effectiveness largely depend on the accuracy of their tuning

Only effective to control the response of a structure in one of its modes.

Several dampers are needed, thus, when the response of the structure is
important in more than one mode.

Friction limits its effectiveness to react to low level excitations

Special features are needed if a damper is to control low level excitations


Tuned Liquid dampers are dynamic vibration absorbers which involves the dissipation
of energy either through the sloshing of liquids in a container or via the passage of liquids
through orifices.
The basic principles involved in applying a tuned liquid damper (TLD) to reduce the
dynamic response of structures is quite similar to that of tuned mass damper. In particular, a
secondary mass of liquid (usually water) is introduced into the structural system and tuned to
act as a dynamic vibration absorber.
In the case of TLDs, the damper response is highly nonlinear due either to liquid
sloshing or the presence of orifices. Tuned liquid damper absorbs structural energy by means
of viscous actions of the fluid and wave breaking.
Different shapes of container, such as rectangular or circular can be used as TLD
implementations. TLD is more effective when it is placed at the top storey of the structure.
To increase the energy dissipation of the sloshing liquid, the flow-damping devices such as
screens or posts in the container are required.
5.1.1 Tuned Sloshing Damper
Tuned Sloshing Dampers are generally rectangular type or circular type and are
installed at the highest floor according to building type. The structure of a TLD is quite
simple; it is a liquid tank partially filled with liquid (or water) A TSD can be classified as
shallow water type or deep water type depending on height of water in the tank.
If the height of water h against the length of the water tank in the direction of
excitation L (or diameter D in case of circular tank) is less than 0.15 it can be classified as
shallow water type else as deep water type if is more than 0.15.
The depth of the liquid in a container could be deep or shallow, depending on the
natural frequencies of the structure under control. Shallow water type has a large damping
effect for a small scale of externally excited vibration, but it is very difficult to analyse the


system for a large scale of externally excited vibration as sloshing of water in a tank exhibits
nonlinear behaviour.

Figure 5.1 Tuned Sloshing Damper dimensions

In case of deep water type, the sloshing exhibits linear behaviour for a large scale of
externally excited force. Tuned sloshing damper dissipates energy through the liquid
boundary layer friction, the free surface contamination, and wave breaking.
Generally tuning the fundamental sloshing frequency of the tuned sloshing damper to
the structures natural frequency causes a large amount of sloshing & wave breaking at the
resonant frequencies of the combined TSD-Structure system, this dissipate a significant
amount of energy.
5.1.2 Tuned Liquid Column Dampers
The structure of a TLCD is also quite simple, it is a long U-shape vessel partially
filled with fluid (or water). The U-shape vessel is a long circular or rectangular tube. The
length of the tube should be at least ten times greater than the diameter or the in-plane
dimension of the cross section.
The cross section of a TLCD can either uniform or non-uniform, but it is usually
symmetrical about the vertical centre line of a TLCD. The ends of the vertical columns of a
TLCD are usually open.

Figure 5.2 Tuned Liquid Column Damper dimensions


Tuned Liquid Column Dampers (TLCDs) dissipates structural vibration by combined action
involving the motion of the liquid mass in the tube, where the restoring force is due to the
gravity acting upon the liquid and the damping effect as a result of loss of hydraulic pressure
due to the orifices installed inside the container.
In simple, the fluid flow and oscillation inside the U-shape vessel due to resonance
can provide a force opposite to the direction of the vibration and can reduce the vibration of
the structure effectively
The damping capacity of TLCD can be controlled through controlling orifice opening.
This allows us to actively control the damping in TLCD system, and frequency of a TLCD
can be tuned by adjusting the liquid column in the tube.

Figure 5.3 A Tall Structure with TLCD Types of Tuned Liquid Column Dampers

Liquid Column Vibration Absorber (LCVA)

Double Tuned Liquid Column Damper (DTLCD)

Hybrid Tuned Liquid Column Damper (HTLCD)

Pressurized Tuned Liquid Column Damper (PTLCD) Liquid Column Vibration Absorber

The major difference between a Tuned Liquid Column damper and a Liquid Column
Vibration Absorber is that, the cross section of the LCVA is not uniform. Since it has
different dimensions for vertical and horizontal portions of container, it has benefits of easy


tuning and wide range of natural frequency, as the natural frequency of the LCVA is
determined not only by the length of the liquid column but also the geometric configuration. Double Tuned Liquid Column Damper
One of the major disadvantages of TLCD and LCVA system is their unidirectional
nature of action, and hence they can be applied effectively to the structure, which oscillates in
only one predominant plane, but not to the structure that oscillates in bidirectional plane. To
overcome this difficulty, a system has been proposed, named Double Tuned Liquid Column
Damper (DTLCD), which consists of two TLCD in orthogonal directions.

Figure 5.4 Double Tuned Liquid Column Damper Hybrid Tuned Liquid Column Damper
A Hybrid fluid dynamic system, named Hybrid Tuned Liquid Column Damper
(HTLCD), has also been provided to overcome the above difficulty. This system consists of a
unidirectional TLCD fixed on the surface of a rotatable circular platform whose motion is
controlled by an electrical-mechanical system.

Figure 5.5 Hybrid Tuned Liquid Column Damper


This hybrid system is passive in generation of control force to attenuate the displacement
amplitudes, whereas active in searching the right direction. Pressurized tuned liquid Column Damper
By implementing a static pressure inside two sealed air chambers at two ends of a
TLCD, a new kind of TLCD is formed, whose frequency can be adjusted by both the length
of its liquid column and the pressure inside its two air chambers. This is called Pressurized
tuned liquid Column Damper

Figure 5.6 Pressurized tuned liquid Column Damper

The advantages and disadvantages of Tuned liquid dampers are as follows

Low initial cost and virtually free of maintenance

Ease of frequency tuning

Containers can be utilized for building water supply

The water in the tank can be used for fire fighting

Ease to apply as a retrofitting tools to existing structures


All the water mass does not participate in counteracting the structural motion

The phenomenon of beating where a fraction of the energy absorbed by TLD

returns back to the structure after the excitation stops

The mechanism to achieve the optimal damping ratio of a TLD is complicated

Highly non-linear behaviour of the sloshing motion, especially under large

excitation amplitudes

Due to the low density of water, a relatively large space is required in order to
achieve the desired mass for the secondary system.

The objective of this report is to present a brief overview of different passive energy
dissipation systems which have been proposed and used for structural applications. The main
points of the report are summarized below.
1. Significant reductions in response can be achieved using supplemental
damping devices.
2. Passive energy dissipation devices enhance energy dissipation in structures
and reduce the energy dissipation demand on structural components. This
category of dampers include: metallic, friction, viscoelastic fluid and solid
dampers. Most of these devices show stable behaviour and are effective in
reducing the seismic response.
3. The performance of tuned systems in reducing the seismic response are also
4. The acceptance of innovative systems in structural engineering is based on a
combination of performance enhancement versus construction costs and longterm effects. Continuing efforts are needed in order to facilitate wider and
speedier implementation.