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Real-Time Hybrid Simulation of Viscous Dampers for Seismic Hazard Mitigation

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Cheng Chen, Jose Valdovinos, Wenshen Pong

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Paper No. PVP2014-28014, pp. V008T08A001; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4607-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Laboratory experiments play a critical role in earthquake engineering research for seismic safety evaluation of civil engineering structures. Real-time hybrid simulation provides a viable alternative for shake table testing to evaluate seismic performances of structures with rate-dependent seismic devices. Servo-hydraulic actuators play a vital role in a real-time hybrid simulation to maintain the boundary condition between the analytical and experimental substructures. Compensation of actuator delay is critical to minimize synchronization error from actuator delay and to achieve a successful real-time hybrid simulation. Research on how actuator delay can affect the real-time hybrid simulation involving viscous fluid damper is presented in this study. It is demonstrated that although the viscous fluid damper can help stabilize the real-time hybrid simulation with actuator delay, the experimental results need to be interpreted appropriately to evaluate the performance of viscous fluid damper for seismic hazard mitigation.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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