It is well-known that in order to decrease displacements and accelerations in a frame structure during earthquakes, purely viscous dampers can be effectively employed, allowing for a remarkable dissipation of seismic input energy. The design of such devices, however, is still an open issue, since it is often carried out by means of inefficient trial-and-error procedures, or simplified analytical approaches which do not guarantee the optimal exploitation of the dampers. This work investigates the use of an optimisation-based approach for the design of nonlinear purely viscous dampers, aimed at improving the seismic behaviour of frame structures. The potential and the flexibility of the method are shown through an illustrative example displaying how different structural requirements (limitation or minimisation of inter-storey drifts and/or forces transferred by the devices) can be easily taken into account by means of a suitable formulation of a constrained optimisation problem.

Optimal design of nonlinear viscous dampers for frame structures

PARCIANELLO, ENRICO;Chisari, Corrado;Amadio, Claudio
2017

Abstract

It is well-known that in order to decrease displacements and accelerations in a frame structure during earthquakes, purely viscous dampers can be effectively employed, allowing for a remarkable dissipation of seismic input energy. The design of such devices, however, is still an open issue, since it is often carried out by means of inefficient trial-and-error procedures, or simplified analytical approaches which do not guarantee the optimal exploitation of the dampers. This work investigates the use of an optimisation-based approach for the design of nonlinear purely viscous dampers, aimed at improving the seismic behaviour of frame structures. The potential and the flexibility of the method are shown through an illustrative example displaying how different structural requirements (limitation or minimisation of inter-storey drifts and/or forces transferred by the devices) can be easily taken into account by means of a suitable formulation of a constrained optimisation problem.
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