A multiaction hybrid damper (MHD) is designed to have independent hysteretic characteristics under small and large loading conditions, and its control performance for building structures excited by wind or earthquake load is verified. The MHD is composed of steel elements, two friction pads, and two lead rubber bearings (LRBs). Because the friction pads and the LRBs are in series connection, only the LRBs deform before the friction pad slippage occurs. After the friction slippage, the damper deformation concentrates on the friction pads. The initial stiffness and hysteresis are dependent on the properties of the LRB, and the maximum force is determined by the friction pad. Accordingly, the load-deformation behaviors before/after the friction slippage can be independently designed to show optimal performance for a building structure subject to wind and earthquake loads. The cyclic loading tests of a full scale MHD were conducted to evaluate the multiaction behaviors and energy dissipation capacity of the MHD. The control performance of the MHD damper is analytically investigated by using a 20-story steel structure subject to wind loads and a 15-story RC structure excited by earthquake loads. The MHD damper showed good performance for reducing both the linear wind-induced and nonlinear earthquake-induced responses.

1. Introduction

A variety of research on developing passive dampers has been conducted for the purpose of reducing the earthquake- or wind-induced response of building structures. The passive dampers are classified as either displacement-dependent or velocity-dependent. Metallic yield or friction type damper is displacement-dependent because the force response is mainly a function of the relative displacement between each end of the device and is independent of the relative velocity or excitation frequency. Viscous or viscoelastic or mass type damper is velocity-dependent because the force response is primarily a function of the relative velocity and the properties vary according to the excitation frequency. Both the displacement-dependent and the velocity-dependent dampers have been commonly used for the earthquake-resistant design while the velocity-dependent dampers have been generally used for the wind-resistant design.

The force-displacement mechanism of the metallic yield damper is based on elastic and plastic deformations of the metal such as steel. Added damping and stiffness (ADAS) consisting of multiple X-shaped steel plates was first introduced by Bergman. The ADAS uniformly distributes the yielding mechanism along the steel plate [1]. Other configurations of the metallic yield damper include triangular added damping and stiffness (TADAS), honeycomb, and slit dampers [24]. Metallic yield damper is inexpensive to manufacture and its yielding force can be easily modulated by changing the thickness or the number of the steel plates. The metallic damper, however, has some undesirable features such as permanent deformation after the steel yielding and no energy dissipation before the yielding. If the failure of the steel plate occurs during the event, the damper should be replaced by new one after the event.

Friction dampers dissipate structural energy through slippage mechanism between two elements and the slip force level can be easily adjusted by controlling the clamping force. The friction damper was proposed by Pall and Marsh and it was a device installed at the crossing joint of the X-brace to avoid the compression in the brace member [5]. Two typical types of the friction dampers are rotational one proposed by Mualla [6] and slotted-bolted one proposed by FitzGerald et al. [7]. Friction dampers dissipate a lot of energy in comparison with other ones with the identical maximum force, since it generates rectangular hysteresis loops. In the design of the friction damper for improving seismic performance of building structures, it is the most important factor to determine the slip load of the damper and brace stiffness. Filiatrault and Cherry have developed design procedure for equally distributed friction dampers minimizing the sum of normalized displacements and dissipated energy through parametric study on the natural period of the structure, the frequency content of an earthquake, and the slip load of the friction damper [8]. Fu and Cherry proposed a design procedure of the friction dampers using a force normalization coefficient [9]. Lee et al. proposed the seismic design methodology of the friction dampers based on the story shear force distribution of a building structure [10].

Lead rubber bearing (LRB) proposed by Robinson was manufactured by drilling a hole through the center of the rubber plate and filling the hole with a lead insert. This material has viscoelastic characteristics of restoring and damping forces [11]. LRB is widely used for the seismic isolation installed at the base of the building.

General passive dampers utilize single material for achieving the energy dissipation mechanism and the capacity of the material governs the damper performance. The metallic or friction damper does not show any energy dissipation mechanism before yielding or slippage. Consequently, the metallic or friction damper is almost useless for small load which does not excite the structure over a specific loading level causing yielding or slippage of the dampers. On the other hand, the LRB has initial stiffness and damping, so the LRB can be used under both the small and large loading conditions. However, the LRB does not have larger energy dissipation during one cycle when compared with the friction or yield damper having rectangular hysteretic curve.

Recently, research on developing hybrid damper for wind and earthquake loads has been carried out. Hybrid passive control damper (HPCD) consisting of high-damping rubber damper in series with a buckling-restrained brace (BRB) was developed to dissipate multilevel seismic energy [12]. Christopoulos and Montgomery suggested that viscoelastic coupling damper (VCD) consists of VE material, steel plate, and anchor to reduce both the wind and earthquake response of tall shear wall buildings [13]. A hybrid damper which combines a friction damper and steel strip damper is proposed for improving the seismic performance of structures at multiple levels by Lee et al. [14].

In this study, a multiaction hybrid damper (MHD) is proposed to provide independent hysteretic characteristics for small and large loading conditions. The major components of the MHD are steel elements, two friction pads, and two lead rubber bearings. The lead rubber bearing and friction pad, respectively, govern the initial and subsequent hysteretic behaviors of the MHD for the small and large amplitudes of loading. The cyclic loading tests using a 200 kN MHD were conducted for the verification of the damper performance. Also, numerical analyses were conducted for a 20-story steel building structure excited by wind load and a 15-story RC apartment structure under seismic load.

2. Configuration and Mechanism of the MHD

The MHD consists of three main parts, steel plates, two LRBs, and two friction pads as shown in Figure 1. Three T-shaped angles and two steel plates are used for connecting the LRBs and friction pads. All the steel elements are manufactured by using rolled section for cost reduction of the MHD. Clamping force of the friction pad is controlled by the number of the high-tensile bolts and torque applied to the bolts.

Figure 2(a) shows the configuration of the typical MHD, and Figure 2(b) is the MHD without LRBs. As shown in Figure 2(b), the MHD can be utilized as a simple friction damper if the LRB is not used and the steel plates on friction pads are directly connected to the T-shaped angle. When the considered load is large enough to cause the slippage of the friction damper and the additional damping is not required for small load, the MHD can be used as a friction damper for economical efficacy.

Figure 3 illustrates the mechanism of the MHD. The steel plates, the LRBs, and the friction pads are in series connection with regard to the horizontal axis movement. If the slippage in the friction pad does not occur, only the LRB and steel element deform. Particularly, when the stiffness of the steel element is comparatively larger to that of the LRB, the initial deformation induced by the external force mainly concentrates on the LRB. The damper ends shall be connected to the structural system such as brace or beam or column. When the force level generated by the LRB reaches the maximum static frictional force of the friction pads, the slippage of the friction pads occurs and all the subsequent deformation concentrates on the friction pads. This implies that the initial deformation and energy dissipation are governed by the LRB while the subsequent deformation and maximum force are dependent on the friction pads.

3. Experimental Study

3.1. Slip Load of the Friction Pad

The slip load of the friction pad is dependent on normal clamping force, which is determined by the number of the high-tensile bolts and their tightening torques applied to the bolts. ASTM A490-M16 (with 16 mm diameter and 2 mm pitch) bolts were used for the connections. Formula (1) is interaction between slip load and normal force .where is a friction coefficient between the friction pad and the steel plate; is a factor depending on the shape of the bolt hole; is the number of slip planes; is 1.0 for standard bolt hole; and = 2 are used in the MHD.

The normal force is determined by tightening torque based on the following [15].where is tightening torque (), is screw pitch, is average diameter of the screw, k1 is friction coefficient between threads of bolt and nut, and and are, respectively, the average diameter and friction coefficient between head of the bolt and contacted nut. Table 1 shows the calculated slip load with regard to the number of high-tensile bolts and tightening torque.

3.2. Test of the MHD without the LRB

The cyclic loading tests on the MHD without the LRB were first conducted in order to investigate the characteristics of frictional behavior of the MHD. The test configuration is shown in Figure 4. Two reaction frames were used for the installation of the hydraulic actuator and the damper, and the actuator controls the movement of the one end of the damper. A hydraulic actuator with maximum loading capacity 250 kN and 150 mm stroke was used.

The cyclic loading tests were carried out with variables of the number of high-tensile bolts and tightening torques. The maximum displacement was 5 mm, and the excitation frequency was 0.1 Hz. Figure 5(a) shows the force-displacement curve obtained by using the specimens with 4 bolts and 8 bolts. The tightening torque of 60 N·m was applied to each bolt. The friction pad slip occurred at 94 kN with 4 friction bolts and at 188 kN with 8 friction bolts. The slip load increased in proportion to the number of high-tensile bolts. Another test was carried out by doubling the torque from 60 N·m to 120 N·m for the specimen with 4 bolts. Figure 5(b) shows that the slip load increased from 94 kN to 188 kN with increasing the torque.

The initial stiffness of the MHD without the LRB can be controlled by varying the pitches on the flange of the T-shaped steel element as shown in Figure 6. The initial stiffness and the slip load of the MHD can be independently determined. The flange of the T-shaped element used in the experiment has 21 mm of thickness and 140 mm of width; the flexural stiffness of the hinge supported beam with concentrated load at midspan, , was used.

As shown in Figure 7, changes in initial stiffness were experimentally evaluated for the different pitches of 90 mm, 150 mm, and 200 mm. Figure 8 shows the force-displacement curves obtained from the three specimens with different bolt pitches. It is observed that the initial stiffness decreases with increasing pitches. From Table 2, it is noted that the calculated initial stiffness is very close to them from the experiments. The slip loads for all the cases are almost identical.

3.3. Test of the Typical MHD with the LRB

The hysteretic curves of the typical MHD with the LRB were obtained by conducting the cyclic loading tests as shown in Figure 9. In order to investigate the displacement-dependent characteristics of the MHD, force-displacement curves were obtained by changing the amplitude of the peak displacement.

Figure 10 shows the force-displacement curves under displacement-controlled cyclic loads with amplitudes of 3 mm, 5 mm, and 10 mm displacement. The friction pad was clamped by using the 4 high-tensile bolts fastened with torque 120 N·m. The loading frequency was 0.1 Hz and 5 cycle tests were conducted. It is observed that the slip of the friction did not occur and only the LRB deformed. The maximum values of the restoring force induced by the LRB were about 50 kN, 70 kN, and 100 kN for the amplitudes of 3 mm, 5 mm, and 10 mm, respectively. Because the restoring force of the LRB did not reach the slip load of the friction pad, the hysteretic characteristics of the MHD were determined only by the LRB. Table 3 shows the positive and negative force levels at the zero or 10 mm displacement per each cycle. All the values are within an error of 10%, which implies that the deviation from the average value is small and the LRB has stable hysteretic characteristics. Because the friction pad and the LRB are in series connection, only the LRB deforms when the displacement is small and the restoring force of the LRB is not large enough to cause the slippage of the friction pad.

Another test was conducted when the slip load of the friction pad was reduced to about 100 kN by loosening the torque to 60 N·m. And then the peak displacement of the cyclic loading was set to be 40 mm. The curve shown in Figure 11 with legend “40 mm” is the result. The initial stiffness and hysteresis obtained within the displacement smaller than about 10 mm are identical to those of the LRB. When the restoring force reached about 100 kN, the slippage of the friction pad started and the force level with increasing displacement is almost constant, which is the typical characteristics of a friction damper. When the slippage of the friction pad occurred, the LRB did not show any deformation, which implies that the large deformation behavior of the typical MHD is governed by the friction pad. The curve shown in Figure 11 with legend “60 mm” is the results from test conducted by doubling the torque from 60 N·m to 120 N·m and increasing the peak displacement to 60 mm. It is identified that the slip load increases to about 200 kN and the slippage the friction pad occurs at 14.1 mm. Also, the energy dissipation per cycle increases by the increase of the slip load and the maximum displacement. Table 4 shows the forces at the zero or 60 mm displacement of the MHD. The maximum deviation from average value is just 6.8%, which implies that the MHD has the stable hysteresis for the repeated loadings.

Table 5 shows the energy dissipated by the MHD per each loading cycle. The average of the dissipated energy increased significantly from 1238.5 kN·m to 41743.6 kN·m by increasing the peak displacement and force. The deviation from average was maximum 11.4% at the first cycle of the loading tests. After the first cycle, the deviation decreased and the MHD showed stable hysteresis.

4. Application of the MHD for Wind Vibration Mitigation

4.1. Structural Outline of a 20-Story Steel Structure

In order to evaluate the vibration control performance of the MHD for a building structure under wind loads, numerical analysis was conducted using a 20-story steel structure. The building is designed according to Korean Building Code (KBC2016) [15]. The building is supposed to be constructed in Seoul and it has 58.6 m height and 24 m × 18 m plan. The used materials are SS400 for beams and SM490 for girder and column. MIDAS GEN was used as a design and analysis program [16]. The slab is modeled as a rigid diaphragm, and Figure 12 shows plan and elevation.

4.2. Modal Analysis and Wind Load Generation

Figure 13 shows the first 3 mode shapes. The period of the first mode in -direction was 4.14 sec., 4.34 sec. in direction, and 3.75 sec. in torsion. The 1% modal damping ratio was used for all modes, and the only the fluctuation component in -directional response was considered. The fluctuation component of the along-wind load was generated by using the method proposed by Wu et al. [17]. The method is to generate the time histories of along-wind loads based on the cross-power spectrum of the story wind loads. Figure 14 shows the time histories of the generated wind loads, and Figure 15 shows the wind-induced peak interstory drifts of the 20-story steel structure without the MHD. It is noted that the peak interstory drift is smaller than 13 mm at which the slippage of the friction occurs. Accordingly, if the 200 kN MHD shown in Figure 11 is used, only the lead rubber bearing plays a role of dissipating energy, and the slippage of the friction pad is not expected.

4.3. Preliminary Design of the MHD

In this section, the MHD is preliminarily designed by using the concept of the equivalent damping ratio added by the MHD and gust factor. The gust factor for the flexible structure is given as [15]where is peak factor, is coefficient of variation of wind speed, s nonresonance factor, and is resonance factor

The peak and resonance factors are related with the structural damping ratio. Also, in gust factor, 1 is related with the mean component of the wind load and the remainder is related with the fluctuation component. Accordingly, the reduction ratio of the fluctuation component in the gust factor with regard to the increase of the damping ratio is given bywhere is the damping ratio of the original structure and is damping ratio added by the damper.

Figure 16 shows the variation of with regard to . It is observed that is decreasing with increasing .

If the effect of the damper can be expressed as an equivalent damping ratio added by the damper, the fluctuation component in along-wind directional response of a structure with the damper can be estimated by simply multiplying and one structure without the damper. Added damping ratio, , by the damper is estimated by the following [18]. where is the work done by th damper during one complete cycle and is the maximum strain energy of the structure.

The hysteresis of the MHD shown in Figure 10 for small deformation can be idealized by using a bilinear curve as shown in Figure 17. Bilinear curve is represented by initial stiffness , yield strength , and postyield stiffness . is the postyield stiffness ratio to the initial stiffness, is the yield displacement, is the target displacement, and is the ratio of to .

is the sum of the strain energy of a structure itself and the strain energy due to the addition of the damping device by where is the number of building stories, is th story wind load, is th story displacements, is the number of the dampers, is the relative displacement between two ends of the th damper, and shall be taken by the following equation, as the equivalent stiffness of the damper.

shall be taken by following equation, using the sum of the work done during one complete cycle by the th damper.

Because is the value obtained for the damper-installed structure, the equivalent damping ratio cannot be explicitly obtained in the preliminary design stage where only the response of a structure without the damper can be used. When of the structure without the damper is used, the corresponding equivalent damping ratio becomes different from the actual value which shall be obtained by using of the structure with the damper.

In this study, when the number of the dampers, the installation location, and the properties of the damper are given, the added damping ratio is estimated by using the wind load reduction factor and the response of a structure without the damper. The wind load reduction factor of a structure without the damper is just 1, and then the resulting uncontrolled structural response is calculated by just static wind load or generated dynamic wind load. Based on the calculated the response, the equivalent damping ratio added by the damper whose number, location, and the properties are given can be estimated. Obviously, the first estimated damping ratio gives other wind load reduction factors than 1. And then the structural response of a structure with the dampers is estimated by multiplying the given wind load reduction factor and the uncontrolled response. This procedure is repeated until two damping ratios become the same; one is calculated by the wind load reduction factor itself, and the other one is based on the structural response obtained by multiplying the wind load reduction factor and the uncontrolled response. Figure 18 shows the damper installation configuration. Totally, 18 dampers are installed at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors. In this section, yield strength = 50 kN, initial stiffness = 50 kN/mm, and postyield stiffness = 10 kN/mm were used for modeling the hysteresis of the LRB shown in Figure 10. Figure 19 shows the damping ratio added by installing the 18 dampers. Two damping ratios, which are previously mentioned, are compared. The cross point corresponds to 4.22% damping ratio and 0.596 wind load reduction factor.

Nonlinear time history analysis using the generated wind loads shown in Figure 14 was conducted to calculate the actual response reduction by the damper installation. Figure 20 shows the comparison between uncontrolled and controlled roof displacement. The average response reduction ratios in the floor displacement and interstory drift are, respectively, 0.585 and 0.525, which are close to the wind load reduction factor 0.596 estimated in the preliminary design. This indicates that the proposed method can be effectively used for estimating the effect of the MHD. Figure 21 shows the hysteretic curve of the MHD installed at the first floor. The MHD shows bilinear behavior and the peak displacement of the MHD is smaller than 5 mm and the force is smaller than 80 kN, which is appropriate for the assumption that only the LRB of the MHD plays a role of dissipating energy when the maximum force does not reach the friction force.

5. Application of the MHD for Seismic Design

5.1. Structural Outline

A 15-story reinforced concrete apartment building is considered for verifying the seismic response control performance of the MHD. The structure has the dimensions of 48.6 m (length) × 14.8 m (width) × 45 m (height) as shown in Figure 22. The gravity load is resisted entirely by the moment frame and the lateral load is resisted by the shear walls in core. The structure with the MHD is designed based on the 75% base shear force of the structure without the MHD. Beams, columns, and walls are modeled by nonlinear elements using PERFORM 3D program [19]. The structure without the dampers is designed according to KBC2016 [15].

5.2. Damper Installation and Nonlinear Analysis

The slip load of friction pad and hysteresis of the LRB (initial stiffness and yield strength) can be adjusted according to the demand by changing the material properties. The 110 kN MHD are installed on the 3rd, 9th, and 15th floors. Yield strength = 80 kN, initial stiffness = 50 kN/mm, and postyield stiffness = 1 kN/mm were used for modeling the hysteresis of the LRB. And slip load of friction pad was 110 kN. Four MHDs at each floor are inserted between the moment frame and shear wall at the location shown in Figure 22. The total summation of the damper friction force is 1,320 kN (110 kN × 3 stories × 4 dampers) and this is about 10% of the base shear force.

Fourteen ground accelerations measured from three earthquakes were used for numerical analyses. The earthquakes records are Loma Prieta (1989), Chi-Chi (1999), and Cacaeli (1999). The magnitude of the earthquake records was scaled according to the design spectrum presented by Korean Building Code (KBC2016). Figure 23 shows that the peak displacement, drift ratio, and story shear force could be reduced significantly by applying the MHD to the 15-story building structure. Figure 24 illustrates the hysteretic curves of the LRB, the friction pad, and the combined MHD located on the 15 floor when Chi-Chi earthquake load was used as ground acceleration. LRB showed bilinear hysteresis and the friction pad slipped at 110 kN, and the combined hysteresis of the MHD was trilinear. It is observed that the MHD shows similar behaviors to the experimentally obtained hysteresis shown in Figure 11.

6. Conclusions

In this study, a multiaction hybrid damper (MHD) composed of friction pads, lead rubber bearings, and steel plates was proposed. Full scale cyclic tests were conducted for identifying the hysteretic characteristics of the MHD. The test results indicate that only lead rubber bearing initially deforms until the restoring force of the MHD reaches the slip load of the friction pad because the lead rubber bearing and the friction pad are in series connection. After the slippage of the friction pad, the additional deformation in the direction of the increasing displacement of the MHD concentrates on the friction pad. Consequently, the MHD shows independent behaviors of the lead rubber bearing and the friction pad according to the amplitude of the deformation. The proposed MHD showed very stable hysteretic behaviors and any undesirable variation of the hysteretic curve in the progress of the cyclic loading was not observed. Numerical analyses results from a 20-story steel structure and 15-story RC apartment structure showed that the proposed MHD can be used for mitigating both the relatively small wind-induced and the relatively large seismically induced responses.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (no. NRF-2015R1A2A1A10054506).