Vibration suppression of cables using tuned inerter dampers

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This paper considers the use of a tuned inerter damper (TID) system for suppressing unwanted cable vibrations. The TID consists of an inerter, a device that exerts a force proportional to relative acceleration, coupled with a parallel spring and damper. It may be thought of as similar to a tuned-mass-damper, but requiring two terminals. As a two terminal device, the performance of the TID is compared to the classical use of viscous dampers (VD) located close to one of the cable supports. We show that the limitation that exists with VDs, where the modal damping of the cable cannot exceed a maximum level for a given damper location, can be overcome through the use of the TID at the same location. A practical design methodology, based on the minimisation of the displacement amplitude at the mid-span of the cable subjected to support excitation, is proposed. An example where a cable is subjected to the El-Centro earthquake demonstrates that the system’s response is improved when a TID is used instead of a VD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date25 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • cable dynamics
  • tuned inerter damper (TID)
  • vibration suppression


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