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Wind-induced vibration mitigation in tall buildings using the tuned mass-damper-inerter (TMDI)

Giaralis, A. & Petrini, F. (2017). Wind-induced vibration mitigation in tall buildings using the tuned mass-damper-inerter (TMDI). Journal of Structural Engineering, 143(9), 04017127. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001863


In this paper the classical linear tuned mass-damper (TMD) is coupled with an inerter, a two-terminal device resisting the relative acceleration of its terminals, in various tuned mass-damper-inerter (TMDI) topologies to suppress excessive wind-induced oscillations in tall buildings causing occupants’ discomfort. A parametric numerical study is undertaken involving a top-floor-TMD-equipped planar frame capturing accurately the in-plane dynamic behavior of a 74-storey benchmark building exposed to a quasi-stationary spatially-correlated wind-force field accounting for vortex shedding effects in the across-wind direction. It is found that the TMDI reduces the peak top floor acceleration more effectively than the TMD by considering smaller attached mass values, and TMDI topologies in which the inerter spans more stories in linking the attached mass to the host structure. Moreover, the inclusion of the inerter reduces dramatically the TMD stroke while it was verified that the magnitude of the developing inerter forces can be readily accommodated by the host structure. Pertinent illustrative examples are included showcasing that the TMDI meets code-prescribed serviceability design requirements for new tall buildings using significantly smaller attached mass compared to the TMD, and that inerter devices can be used to upgrade the performance of existing TMD-equipped tall buildings without changing the attached mass.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers. The published version of this article is available at:
Publisher Keywords: wind-excited tall building, tuned mass damper, inerter, passive vibration control, occupants comfort
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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