Tuned Mass Dampers for structures

With Tuned Mass Dampers for structures, vibration problems due to natural forces can be prevented or reduces. Flow Engineering has over 20 years of experience regarding the calculation, the design and installation of Tuned Mass Dampers for structures. They can be applied to flagpoles, chimneys, distillation columns, bridges and other slender structures and have proven themselves in practice.

  • Preliminary design of chimneys, stacks, flares
  • Preventing dynamic problems at the design phase
  • Analyzing and solving vibration problems in existing structures

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Tuned Mass Dampers for slender structures

Tuned Mass Dampers are designed to add damping to a slender structure for a specific frequency. When is adding Tuned Mass Dampers necessary? When slender structures are light and cost saving, they are easily influenced by natural forces like wind, waves or even earthquakes. When overexposed to these forces, unwanted movements and damages from fatigue can occur. These unwanted movements occur when the damping is small and the natural resonance frequency is close to the vortex shedding frequency. By adding additional damping, for example Tuned Mass Dampers for slender structures, these unwanted movements can be eliminated.

How does a Tuned Mass Damper work?

The Tuned Mass Damper will start doing its work once the structure starts to oscillate. The Tuned Mass Damper will then oscillate in the opposite direction, turning kinetic energy into thermal energy. The design of the damper depends on the oscillation frequency, the direction of the movements, available space and the mass of the structure. For more information about our Tuned Mass Dampers for slender structures, please contact us by calling +31 (0)180 – 63 11 60.