Awareness for safer structures is at an all-time high around the world. As major cities evaluate their buildings and infrastructure, building owners and residents are becoming more conscious about the state of their properties, homes, and workplaces. They are beginning to place greater expectations on the safety of these structures and their ability to handle natural disasters and come out useable, instead of marked for demolition. While many countries have made significant steps to improving building codes, more can be done. For example, adding damping to buildings has shown to significantly increase the resiliency of structures.
In the early 1990s, Taylor Devices, Inc. began working with structural engineers to develop solutions for better protection from earthquakes and wind loads. Originally developed for NASA in the 1960s, fluid viscous dampers were successfully transitioned to the civil engineering community for use in buildings, bridges, and other structures. These fluid viscous dampers, or Taylor Dampers, have been used in many different applications and configurations worldwide to improve the performance of structures under seismic excitation and to reduce unwanted motions caused by wind. Over the last 30 years, substantial research and testing have been performed that verify the benefits of incorporating Taylor Dampers in structures
Dampers for Seismic Protection
As building owners and insurance companies seek performance beyond the requirements of the building code, Taylor Dampers can provide the means to reduce damage to the primary structural system, reduce recovery time after a major seismic event, and increase the overall resiliency of a building.
Taylor Devices makes it easy to retrofit existing buildings as well as protect new buildings from the harmful effects of earthquakes. Our devices allow for immediate occupancy after even the worst predictable design level earthquakes allowing tenants to reenter their home or workplace after an event. Our seismic dampers will be immediately ready for the aftershock or next seismic event and will last the lifetime of the building. These seismic dampers are a fraction of the cost it would take for major repairs, or even worse, the need for your building to be demolished because it is structurally unsound.
Reducing Motion from Wind with Dampers
While fluid viscous dampers are great for protecting buildings from seismic activity, they can also be used for many other applications including reducing wind motion. Tall buildings will often experience unwanted swaying during high winds which can add stress to a structure and even cause motion sickness for tenants. Traditional methods are to stiffen the building, but this can come with added costs, increased weight, and may only change the frequency of vibration – not eliminate it. An alternative which can literally eat-up the vibration is a damped outrigger system that uses Taylor Dampers. This system is based on the concept of total gross movement of the structure, and then capturing the vertical tension and compression forces into perimeter columns, through the Taylor damper.
Other Damping Solutions
In addition to Taylor Dampers, Taylor Devices, Inc. has become the leading manufacturer of shock absorbers, liquid springs, shock isolation systems, seismic isolators, vibration dampers, power plant snubbers, and other types of hydro-mechanical energy management products. Our products form the cutting edge of technology in our marketplace and are backed by our 60+ years of successful experience in the shock and vibration control field. We offer turn-key solutions to shock and vibration problems by providing systems analysis, product development, manufacturing, and testing capabilities to satisfy the most exacting customer requirements while providing the highest quality product. For more information, visit our website at: