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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Whipp, Katie Patricia
URN etd-07272005-102214
Title Structural Control By Induced Stress Based Stiffness Modification
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. P.K. Basu Committee Chair
Dr. Sankaran Mahadevan Committee Member
  • control
  • earthquake
Date of Defense 2005-07-25
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Structural control through bracing modification is presented in this thesis. First existing structural control devices discussed. Then the idea of how to adjust the stiffness properties of a structural frame is introduced. After studying the effect of induced stress on the stiffness of structural elements is considered, analytical studies using modal and transient analysis in ANSYS are undertaken. This analysis involves using various bracing configurations with different magnitudes of induced stress to find the natural frequency of each and how these models response to the El Centro earthquake excitation. Following the analytical studies, laboratory experiments are carried out using sinusoidal input and El Centro excitation. The analytical and experimental results are compared and the effect of bracing and pre-induced forces is evaluated for single-story and double-story frames.
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