Cable bracing design in adaptable dual control systems

M. C. Phocas, T. L. Sophocleous

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Structural control through energy dissipation systems has been increasingly implemented internationally in the last years and has proven to be a most promising strategy for earthquake safety of structures. The present paper examines an alternative control system development for achieving dynamic structural adaptability. The prototype control system consists of a hysteretic energy dissipation device of triangular steel plates and a tension-only bracing with closed circuit realized through implementation of rotating discs at the braces connections. A typical configuration design of the kinetic mechanism consists of a portal- and a chevron cable bracing. Based on three representative international strong earthquake motions of differing frequency contents, parametric dynamic analyses of the SDOF system responses mainly characterized by high energy dissipation have been performed by the authors in previous studies with regard to the mechanical characteristics of the hysteretic damper, i.e. elastic stiffness and yield force, whereas the cables were modelled as frame objects with zero compression limit. In the present study the optimum controlled system is further investigated in its earthquake responses with different cable stiffness values and a pretension stress. The respective numerical nonlinear analyses conducted exemplify the earthquake performance of the bracing-damper mechanism, while a linear elastic resistance of the tension-only members is verified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarthquake Resistant Engineering Structures IX
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th World Conference on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures, ERES 2013 - A Coruna, Spain
Duration: 8 Jul 201310 Jul 2013


Other9th World Conference on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures, ERES 2013
CityA Coruna


  • Cable design
  • Earthquake resistance
  • Frame structures
  • Passive control


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