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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8021690, 15 pages
Research Article

Control Performance and Robustness of Pounding Tuned Mass Damper for Vibration Reduction in SDOF Structure

1College of Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China
2School of Civil Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao, China
3Institute for Infrastructure Engineering, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Received 31 August 2016; Accepted 27 October 2016

Academic Editor: Ganging Song

Copyright © 2016 Qichao Xue et al. 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.


This paper investigates the control performance of pounding tuned mass damper (PTMD) in reducing the dynamic responses of SDOF (Single Degree of Freedom) structure. Taking an offshore jacket-type platform as an example, the optimal damping ratio and the gap between mass block and viscoelastic material are presented depending on a parametric study. Control efficiency influenced by material properties and contact geometries for PTMD is analyzed here, as well as robustness of the device. The results of numerical simulations indicated that satisfactory vibration mitigation and robustness can be achieved by an optimally designed PTMD. Comparisons between PTMD and traditional TMD demonstrate the advantages of PTMD, not only in vibration suppression and costs but also in effective frequency bandwidth.