Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings

Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings

Theory, Design Guidance and Case Studies

1st Edition - September 25, 2018

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  • Authors: Alberto Lago, Dario Trabucco, Antony Wood
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159644
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159637

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Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings provides practical advice on the selection, design, installation and testing of damping systems. Richly illustrated with images and schematics, this book presents expert commentary on different damping systems, giving readers a way to accurately compare between different device categories and gain and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. In addition, the book covers their economical and sustainability implications. Case studies are included to provide a direct understanding on the possible applications of each device category.

Key Features

  • Provides an expert guide on the selection and deployment of the various types of damping technologies
  • Drawn from extensive contributions from international experts and research projects that represent the current state-of-the-art and design in damping technologies
  • Includes 25+ real case studies collected with very detailed information on damping design, installation, testing and other building implications


Structural Engineers specializing in design, reliability and structural safety

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Need for Supplementary Damping Devices in Tall Buildings
    1. Effect of Damping on Building Response
    2. Inherent Damping of Tall Buildings
    3. Improved Resiliency Through damping
    4. Wind-Excited Motion and Performance Objectives
    5. Earthquake-Excited Motion and Performance Objectives
    6. Practical and Economic Considerations
    7. Damping System Sustainability
    8. Alternative to Damping Devices

    Part 2: Introduction to Supplementary Damping Devices
    9. Passive Damping Systems
    10. Active, Semi-Active, and Hybrid Systems
    11. Multiple Damping Strategies
    12. Comparison of Dampers in Tall Buildings

    Part 3: Design Procedures of Buildings with Damping Devices
    13. Available Codes and Design Tools
    14. Passive Damping Systems
    15. Active, Semi-Active and Hybrid Systems
    16. Tall Building Retrofit
    17. Damper Strategy Optimization

    Part 4: Building System Interaction
    18. Architectural Appearance
    19. Elevators
    20. Mechanical Systems
    21. Façade

    Part 5: Testing, Inspection and Maintenance
    21. Pre Installation Tests
    22. Commissioning and System Tuning
    23. Fatigue of Dampers
    24. Building Health Monitoring
    25. Ongoing Maintenance
    26. Post Extreme Event Inspections
    27. Transportation, Construction and Care of Works
    28. USRC Rating System

    Part 6: Case Studies
    29. Distributed Damping Systems
    30. Isolated Damping Systems

    Part 6: Future of Damped Systems
    31. Wind Design
    32. Seismic Design
    33. Future Design

    Part 7: Conclusions
    34. Trend Data for Tall Buildings with Damped Devices
    35. Design Considerations
    36. Design Optimization

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1124
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2018
  • Published: September 25, 2018
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159644
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159637

About the Authors

Alberto Lago

Dr. Lago is involved in the research on “A study on the Damping Technologies available for Tall Buildings: Comfort and Safety” sponsored by Bouygues Construction. His background is in Architectural/Engineering with a bachelor/master degree from the University of Padua. He additionally completed a master in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Affiliations and Expertise

CTBUH Research Assistant

Dario Trabucco

Dr. Trabucco is involved in teaching and research activities related to tall buildings, including the LCA analysis of tall buildings, service core design and issues pertaining the renovation/refurbishment of tall buildings.

Affiliations and Expertise

CTBUH Research Manager

Antony Wood

Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, of which he is an ex-officio member. Professor Wood is also a Research Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University Shanghai. A UK architect by training, his field of specialty is the design, and the sustainable design, of tall buildings. Prior to joining the Council and IIT, Antony was an Associate Professor/Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 2001–2006, where he ran the third and fifth year programs respectively. Antony worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and the UK, between 1991–2001. Some of the projects he has been involved in these countries include the 11 No. mixed office/residential tower project of SV City, Bangkok (completed 1995), the 4 No. 44-story condominia project of Kuningan Persada, Jakarta (1997) and the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Central International Railway Terminal, Malaysia (completed 2001). He is associate editor of the CTBUH Journal and is an editorial board member of several journals. He is the author of numerous books and papers in the fields of tall buildings, sustainability and related areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Chicago, USA Studio Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago,USA Visiting Professor of Tall Buildings, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

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