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Monday, June 23, 2008

The World's Largest Tuned Mass Damper

I've been fascinated by these engineering wonders called mass dampers ever since reading about them in a Popular Science article about the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge.

Mass dampers are heavy masses hung as a pendulum within tall structures in order to reduce the swaying of these buildings/towers etc. They're an amazing example of just how cool physics is, at least to me!

Anyway, this link is to a 78 ton spherical mass damper within the Taipei 101 building. Check out the Youtube video of it in action!
:: posted by Kenny, 9:49 PM

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