Abstract

When buildings are subjected to earthquakes, dampers are effective in decreasing their failure by absorbing the input energy. An object of this study is to develop a new type of friction damper, on whose faying surface aluminium is sprayed, and the double friction joint is tightened with a high-strength bolt. When slip occurs on this friction damper, the slip coefficient is high and comparatively stable. Specimens of the friction damper were tested under the dynamic repeated loading condition to investigate the effect of the condition of the faying surface on the dynamic hysteresis characteristics. The parameters of the test are the type of sprayed metal, the sprayed side of the plate(s), thickness of sprayed metal, the finish of the sprayed surface, and initial clamping force (contact pressure). Results indicate that there exists the condition of suitable characteristics of a metal sprayed friction damper.

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