Engineering innovation provides new option for meeting seismic codes in skyscrapers

Two University of Toronto engineers have developed “viscoelastic-energy-dissipating dampers” to replace many of the heavy concrete beams used in tall structures.

March 08, 2012

Two University of Toronto engineers have developed “viscoelastic-energy-dissipating dampers” to replace many of the heavy concrete beams used in tall structures.

They say these devices can absorb the vibrational energy from the wind and powerful jolts from earthquakes, with minimal movement and no damage.

With the damper, buildings can offer more leasable space, and be slimmer and taller, one of the engineers says.

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