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Vibration Suppression of Traffic Signal Pole by Generating Electrical Power

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Taichi Matsuoka, Takuya Wada, Mizuki Katakura

Meiji University, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Paper No. PVP2013-97351, pp. V008T08A002; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5574-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The authors propose a damper that generates electrical power in order to not only suppress vibration and also get electrical energy when many traffic signal poles are oscillated by wind, traffic turbulence, and earthquake. The damper consists of a displacement magnifying mechanism by using levers, solenoid coils and rare-earth magnets. It is useful for small deformation between a beam and a column of the traffic pole. Vibration modes of the pole are analyzed by using FEM, and then a small scale model of the traffic pole is built up. The small scale model has 2.3 m high, consists of a steel column and a cantilever beam due to rescale about 1/3 of real scale one, and natural frequency is about 3.5 Hz. Trial damper is manufactured and a damping force, which is caused by the coils crossing magnetic field, is adjusted. Dynamic characteristics of the trial damper are measured by a shaking actuator. In order to confirm vibration reduction, both of seismic and harmonic vibration tests of small scale model when the trial damper is installed are carried out by using a shaking table. The experimental results of harmonic responses are compared with the calculated results by FEM, and effect of vibration suppression and efficiency of generating power are discussed experimentally and numerically.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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