Multiple-tuned mass dampers for multimodal control of pedestrian bridges

Y. Daniel, O. Lavan, R. Levy

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This paper deals with the allocation and sizing of multiple-tuned mass dampers (MTMDs) in an attempt to retrofit footbridges with multiple critical modes resulting from the excitation of pedestrian traffic. The simple and practical methodology proposed herein includes the use of an iterative analysis/redesign type procedure that converges to a given allowable level of accelerations. An example that uses this methodology to retrofit an existing footbridge is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Dynamic vibration absorbers
  • Fully stressed design
  • Multiple mode vibration
  • Pedestrian bridge
  • Tuned mass dampers
  • Vibration control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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