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Study on semi-active control of mega-sub controlled structure by MR damper subject to random wind loads

Qin Xiangjun1, Zhang Xun'an1 and Sheldon Cherry2

  1. Department of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
  2. Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Abstract: The recently proposed mega-sub controlled structure (MSCS), a new type of structure associated with the design and construction of super-tall buildings, has attracted the attention of designers for use in enhancing the control effectiveness in mega-frame buildings. In this paper, a dynamic equation and method to assemble parameter matrixes for a mega-sub controlled structure under random wind loads is presented. Semi-active control using magnetorheological dampers for the MSCS under random wind loads is investigated, and is compared with a corresponding system without dampers. A parametric study of the relative stiffness ratio and relative mass ratio between the mega-frame and the substructures, as well as the additional column stiffness ratio that influences the response control effectiveness of the MSCS, is discussed. The studies reveal, for the first time, that different control mechanisms exist. The results indicate that the proposed structure employing semi-active control can offer an effective control mechanism. Guidelines for selecting parameters are provided based on the analytical study.

Keywords: mega-sub controlled structure (MSCS); semi-active control; magnetorheological damper; relative stiffness ratio; relative mass ratio; additional column stiffness ratio; wind load

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