Pendulum device could help stabilize Japan's buildings in earthquakes

08/7/2013 | CNET · Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The · Gizmodo Australia

A system has been developed by Japanese firms Kajima Corp. and Mitsui Fudosan that would place huge pendulums at the tops of skyscrapers to stabilize the buildings during earthquakes and reduce swaying by as much as 60%, the system's developers claim. The devices work similarly to tuned mass damper technology and could minimize building damage during an earthquake. The first six-pendulum system installation will be on a 55-story building in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.

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