Development of Test Guidelines for Passive Energy Dissipation Devices.
Development of Test Guidelines for Passive Energy
Riley, M. A.; Sadek, F.
Wind and Seismic Effects. U.S./Japan Natural Resources
Development Program (UJNR). Wind and Seismic Effects.
Joint Meeting, 31st. Technical Memorandum of PWRI 3653.
Proceedings. May 11-14, 1999, Tsukuba, Japan, 461-468
devices; dissipation; tests; dampers
Passive energy dissipation devices are effective for
improving the dynamic response of structures by reducing
their response to earthquake and wind excitations. Wide
acceptance of these devices for structural applications
depends on their performance being weIl documented, and
on the availability of standards for their evaluation
and testing. In response to this latter need, the
Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology has initiated a
research program to develop guidelines for testing
supplemental damping devices. The objective of the
guidelines is to provide a standardized series of
prototype and production tests for passive energy
dissipation devices. The test guidelines are intended to
be independent of both the device type and application.
They are also meant to assist manufacturers,
researchers, and practitioners in performing and
interpreting the test results. This paper provides an
overview of the guidelines and describes their