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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3956126, 17 pages
Research Article

Seismic Strengthening Effects Based on Pseudodynamic Testing of a Reinforced Concrete Building Retrofitted with a Wire-Woven Bulk Kagome Truss Damper

School of Architecture, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757, Republic of Korea

Received 21 April 2016; Accepted 27 June 2016

Academic Editor: Vadim V. Silberschmidt

Copyright © 2016 Jae-Sung Hwang and Kang Seok Lee. 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.


A passive damper with a wire-woven bulk Kagome truss design was recently developed; its applicability as a passive damper to improve the seismic performance of building systems, including shear hysteresis behavior, energy dissipation capacity, and fatigue, was confirmed by material tests. The Kagome truss, a periodic cellular metal type, is composed of evenly distributed helical wires with a constant pitch and helical radius in six directions. The purpose of this study was to develop a new passive damper system for seismic strengthening of existing reinforced concrete (RC) frames. The proposed external connection methodology uses a wire-woven bulk Kagome truss (i.e., a Kagome damper external connection (KDEC) system), to dissipate earthquake energy using the dynamic interaction among an existing building, a support structure, and the Kagome damper installed between them. Four test specimens were designed and then strengthened with the KDEC system. Cyclic loading and pseudodynamic tests were conducted; lateral load-carrying capacity, deformation, and hysteresis characteristics were investigated, as well as the maximum response strength, response ductility, and earthquake damage degree, and compared to a control sample. Test results revealed that the KDEC system effectively dissipated the earthquake energy, showing considerable resilience under large-scale earthquake conditions.