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Guidelines for Testing Passive Energy Dissipation Devices.

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Riley, M. A.; Sadek, F.; Mohraz, B.

U.S./Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop, 15th. Proceedings. November 1999, Tsukuba City, Japan, 1999.


structures; devices; dissipation; tests


Supplemental damping devices are effective for improving the dynamic response of structures by reducing their response to earthquake and wind excitations. Wide acceptance of these devices depends on good documentation of their performance, and on the availability of standards for evaluating and testing them. In response to this latter need, the National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated a research program to develop guidelines for testing passive, supplemental damping devices. The objective is to provide a standardized series of prototype and production tests, which fre independent of both the device type and application. This paper provides an overview of the guidelines and describes their development.