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89. U.S CODE DEVELOPMENT OF STRUCTURES WITH DAMPING SYSTEMS

Damping devices are being increasingly used in both new and existing buildings in both United States and Japan. This increased popularity has created a demand for design guidance and building codes. This paper provides a summary of the code development activities for the 2003 NEHRP by the Building Seismic Safety Council.

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1. Application of Energy Dissipating

The design of a structure or mechanism subjected to shock and vibration can be greatly improved by the addition of isolation or damping devices. Improvements Include: Reduced Deflection and Stresses, Reduced Weight, Improved Biodynamics, Longer Fatigue Life, Architectural Enhancement and Reduced Cost.

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2. Bridge Design

This paper reports on a non-linear analysis of a bridge supported on sliding bearings with elastomeric restoring spring and viscous dampers. Results were verified with shake table tests.

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3. Commentary on Corrosion

This document shows designers how to avoid corrosion due to the interaction of different metals and alloys at bimetallic contacts. Section one describes the conditions that lead to corrosion at bimetallic contacts and methods to alleviate it. The tables in Section two show the degree of corrosion likely to occur at bimetallic contacts exposed to atmosphere and water.

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