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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2, Issue 5, Pages 373-381

Testing Procedures for High Output Fluid Viscous Dampers Used in Building and Bridge Structures to Dissipate Seismic Energy

Douglas P. Taylor1 and Michael C. Constantinou2

1Taylor Devices, Inc., 90 Taylor Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, USA
2State University of New York at Buffalo, 132 Ketter Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Received 7 March 1995; Accepted 28 April 1995

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Today's economic climate demands that conversion of military technology for commerical applications be a part of an aerospace and defense company's strategic planning. Toward this goal, a successful defense conversion has occurred recently with the application of high capacity fluid damping devices from the defense community for use as seismic energy dissipation elements in commercial buildings, bridges, and related structures. These products have been used by the military for many years for attenuation of weapons grade shock, typically applied to shipboard equipment or land based strategic weapons. Commercial energy dissipation devices historically have involved heavy yielding sections or hysteretic joints.