Vibration control parameters investigation of the Mega-Sub Controlled Structure System (MSCSS)

  • Limazie, Toi (School of Civil Engineering, Tongji University) ;
  • Zhang, Xun'an (School of Mechanic, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University) ;
  • Wang, Xianjie (School of Mechanic, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University)
  • Received : 2011.09.04
  • Accepted : 2013.05.24
  • Published : 2013.08.07


Excessive vibrations induced by earthquake excitation and wind load are an obstacle in design and construction of tall and super tall buildings. An innovative vibration control structure system (Mega-Sub Controlled Structure System-MSCSS) was recently proposed to further improve humans comfort and their safeties during natural disasters. Preliminary investigations were performed using a two dimensional equivalent simplified model, composed by 3 mega-stories. In this paper, a more reasonable and realistic scaled model is design to investigate the dynamical characteristics and controlling performances of this structure when subjected to strong earthquake motion. The control parameters of the structure system, such as the modulated sub-structures disposition; the damping coefficient ratio (RC); the stiffness ratio (RD); the mass ratio of the mega-structure and sub-structure (RM) are investigated and their optimal values (matched values) are obtained. The MSCSS is also compared with the so-called Mega-Sub Structure (MSS) regarding their displacement and acceleration responses when subjected to the same load conditions. Through the nonlinear time history analysis, the effectiveness and the feasibility of the proposed mega-sub controlled structure system (MSCSS) is demonstrated in reducing the displacement and acceleration responses and also improving human comfort under earthquake loads.


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