Device absorbs wind, earthquake vibrations in tall buildings

03/6/2012 | Toronto Star, The

The Wind-Earthquake Coupling Damper, a device that could reduce wind and earthquake vibrations in high-rise buildings, was developed by two engineers at the University of Toronto in Canada. The damper, which can be fastened to a building's walls, uses layers of viscoelastic polymer or rubber bonded between layers of steel plates. It's designed to replace the heavy concrete beams used for the same purpose and could result in buildings that have more useable space but are taller and slimmer than most traditional buildings.

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