Non-uniform steel strip dampers subjected to cyclic loadings

Chang Hwan Lee, Young K. Ju, Jeong Ki Min, Seung Hee Lho, Sang Dae Kim

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This paper describes the cyclic performance of non-uniform steel strip dampers. The shapes proposed are (a) a dumbbell-shaped strip, (b) a tapered strip, and (c) an hourglass-shaped strip. Each of these strip shapes was designed to reduce stress concentration when subjected to cyclic loadings. In order to evaluate the performance of the dampers, six specimens were tested cyclically. Cumulative damage caused by hysteretic motion was effectively distributed throughout the entire height of the strips, and SEM microstructures of the fracture surfaces represented a typical ductile failure mode. The experimental results showed that the proposed strip dampers indicate excellent seismic performance compared to conventional prismatic slit dampers. Furthermore, it was verified that structural performance can be accurately estimated using the design equations presented in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-204
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 5

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to express their gratitude for the financial support of UNISON eTech Co. Ltd. and a Korea University Grant (G1300242).


  • Cyclic loading
  • Energy dissipation device
  • Flexural behavior
  • Passive control system
  • Strip damper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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