International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

A new finite element investigation on pre-bent steel strips as damper for vibration control

Mojtaba Daie1*, Abdolrahim Jalali1, Meldi Suhatril2, Mahdi Shariati1, M. M Arabnejad Khanouki1, Ali Shariati1 and Pedram Kazemi-Arbat1
  1Department of Civil Engineering, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman, Iran. 2Department of Civil Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 30 November 2011
  •  Published: 30 December 2011



In this study, a new type of seismic energy-dissipative device in the form of braces based on pre-bent strips has been utilized. In this approach, moment-resistance frame systems have been used for 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 stories and various models. The height of stories and all span lengths are 3 m. In order to compare the response of models, braced (with damper) and unbraced (without damper) have been modeled. Pre-bent steel strips have been used in braced frames. A bilinear strain-stress model of mild steel has been used in this simulation. The responses of structures with dampers and without dampers under dynamic loading have been compared. The results show that seismic responses, such as base shear, story acceleration and story velocity of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 story frames with dampers have been improved (reduced) and these reductions have been decreased from 3 story frames to 12 story frames. This damper reduces the displacement of models on upper stories. A series of time history inelastic dynamic analyses have been conducted and the results show the feasibility and effectiveness of using the utilized devices as seismic dampers to reduce structural responses, such as base shear, acceleration, velocity and displacement of stories. This new kind of dissipative device controls seismic damage and reduces story responses under cyclic loading.


Key words: Pre-bent strips, response of structure, damper, energy dissipation.