Brace performance with steel curved dampers and amplified deformation mechanisms

H. L. Hsu, H. Halim

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Abstract

This study focused on the performance evaluation of new brace designs that adopted steel curved dampers with amplified-deformation mechanisms. A series of cyclic load tests on steel curved dampers and amplified-deformation braces with various damper dimensions, subjected to cyclic increasing displacement histories, were conducted. Expressions for amplified-deformation brace strength estimation were derived and proposed for engineering design references. Test results showed that significant viscous damping, approximately 25.8–36.65%, was achieved in the proposed brace, thus providing an effective mechanism to upgrade the dynamic characteristics of the structures. It was also found from the test results that the proposed braces sustained large deformation equivalent to 5% story drift without damper local buckling, exhibited stable hysteretic behavior throughout the complete load process and dissipated significant energy using amplified damper deformation, when steel curved dampers with plate depth/thickness ratios smaller than four were adopted. Simultaneous accomplishments in high strength, large deformation capability and significant energy dissipation validated the applicability of the proposed brace design to earthquake-resistant structural designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-644
Number of pages17
JournalEngineering Structures
Volume175
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Amplified deformation
  • Brace design
  • Energy dissipation
  • Seismic performance
  • Steel curved dampers

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