Optimal design of a pair of vibration suppression devices for a multi-storey building

Sara Ying Zhang, Simon Neild, Jason Zheng Jiang

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This paper investigates the use of two two-terminal vibration suppression devices in a building and assesses the performance benefits over those achieved using a single device. The inerter-combined configurations for a multi-storey building structure are considered. The inerter is a two-terminal device, with the property that the applied force is proportional to the relative acceleration across its terminals. In this paper, a fivestorey building model with two absorbers of the same kind subjected to base excitation is studied, where one is located between ground and the first floor and the other is between the first and second floors of the building. Three passive suppression layouts, two dampers, two tuned inerter dampers and two tuned viscous mass dampers, are considered. The optimal configurations for minimising the maximum interstorey drifts of the building are obtained with respect to the inerter’s size and the damping boundary. The corresponding parameter values are also presented. For the sake of comparison, the single device mounted between the ground and first floor is also considered. Finally, with specific inertance and damping values, the frequency response is provided to show the potential advantage of the proposed optimal configurations. It is demonstrated that the optimal configurations with a pair of devices is more effective than the optimal single device with equal total inertance and the same total damping boundary. The approach demonstrated in this paper is applicable to the investigation of using more than two devices for multistorey buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2498
Number of pages17
JournalStructural Control and Health Monitoring
Issue number3
Early online date11 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Inerter
  • vibration suppression
  • a pair of absorbers
  • base excitation
  • structural control

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