Smart passive damper control for greater building earthquake resilience in sustainable cities

I. Takewaki, K. Fujita, K. Yamamoto, H. Takabatake

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

39 Citations (Scopus)


Passive dampers are used recently in many mid and high-rise buildings. This trend is accelerated by the increased demand and desire for safer, more reliable and more comfortable buildings under uncertain external loading and environment. Viscous, visco-elastic, hysteretic and friction dampers are representatives of passive dampers. Such passive dampers also play a key role in the implementation of structural rehabilitation which is essential for the realization and promotion of sustainable buildings. The technique of structural health monitoring is inevitable for the reliable and effective installation of passive dampers during the structural rehabilitation or retrofit. The design earthquake ground motions change from time to time when a new class of ground motions (e.g. long-period ground motions due to surface waves) is observed or a new type of damage appears during severe earthquakes. The concept of critical excitation is useful in responding to this change together with the usage of passive dampers from the viewpoint of sustainable buildings and cities. In this paper, a historical review is made on the development of smart or optimal building structural control with passive dampers and some possibilities of structural rehabilitation by use of passive dampers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transportation


Dive into the research topics of 'Smart passive damper control for greater building earthquake resilience in sustainable cities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this