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Development of Test Guidelines for Passive Energy Dissipation Devices.

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Riley, M. A.; Sadek, F.

ISSD 0386-5878;

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 pp, 1999.


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 development.