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07.2013 > Viscous Dampers Save Structures from Earthquake Damage

By David Lee, PhD and Douglas Taylor

Viscous Dampers Save Structures from Earthquake Damage

This Steel TIPS provides a general overview on how the addition of viscous dampers to a structure can provide significantly improved seismic performance. Using Dampers, Seismic shaking of two to four times code maximum will cause cosmetic damage only, permitting immediate occupancy after an event. Both analysis and tests referenced in this TIPS show these results.

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