Steel Framed Buildings

This scale model of a 10 storey steel building was tested on the shaking-table for simulated earthquakes. Metallic dampers , in the form of thin beams, are used where the bracing members meet to make the building earthquake resistant. (Show Me)

These beams are designed to deform during an earthquake, so that damage occurs in the beams and not to other parts of the building. The beams can then be removed and replaced when the building is being repaired.

The behaviour of the model was measured and compared with a computer simulation of the same model. (Why?)


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from Bristol University