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# Innovative base-isolated building with large mass-ratio TMD at basement for greater earthquake resilience

- Takuya Hashimoto
^{1}, - Kohei Fujita
^{1}, - Masaaki Tsuji
^{1}and - Izuru Takewaki
^{1}Email author

**Received:**22 July 2015**Accepted:**22 July 2015**Published:**29 August 2015

## Abstract

Tuned mass dampers (TMD) have been used for the reduction of building responses to wind loading in many high-rise buildings. An innovative and resilient base-isolated building with a large mass-ratio TMD is introduced here primarily for earthquake loading in which the large mass-ratio TMD is located at basement. This new hybrid system of base-isolation and structural control possesses advantageous features compared to existing comparable systems with a TMD at the base-isolation story. The TMD stroke can be reduced to a small level with the use of an inertial mass damper and its reaction can be limited to a lower level by detaching its connection to ground. The proposed hybrid system has another advantage that the TMD mass does not bring large gravitational effect on the building itself. It is demonstrated that the proposed hybrid system is robust both for pulse-type ground motions and long-period, long-duration ground motions which are regarded as representative influential ground motions.

## Keywords

- Earthquake resilience
- Base-isolation
- Tuned mass damper
- Large mass-ratio TMD
- Inertial mass damper
- Basement
- Hybrid system

## Introduction

There is an increasing need and interest of construction of high-rise buildings in urban areas. This trend will be accelerated in the future. High-rise buildings and super high-rise buildings are required to resist for various external loadings, e.g. wind and earthquake loadings. Enhancement of *resilience* of such high-rise and super high-rise buildings after intensive wind and earthquake loadings is a major concern from the viewpoint of the business continuity plan (BCP) which is the most controversial issue in the sound development of society (Takewaki et al. 2011, 2012b).

Tuned mass dampers (TMD) are useful for the reduction of building responses to wind loading and are installed in many high-rise buildings all over the world (Soong and Dargush 1997). However it is well known that TMD is not effective for earthquake responses because of its limitation on stroke and realization of large mass-ratio TMD.

Nevertheless, some attempts have been made on the introduction of large mass-ratio TMD mainly for earthquake loading (Chowdhury et al. 1987; Feng and Mita 1995; Villaverde 2000; Arfiadi 2000; Zhang and Iwan 2002; Villaverde et al. 2005; Mukai et al. 2005; Tiang et al. 2008; Matta and De Stefano 2009; Petti et al. 2010; Angelis et al. 2012; Nishii et al. 2013; Xiang and Nishitani 2014). Actually several projects are being planned in Japan, e.g. installation of large-mass pendulum system at roof and usage of upper stories as TMD masses.

Recently large mass-ratio TMDs are investigated for base-isolated buildings (Villaverde 2000; Villaverde et al. 2005; Angelis et al. 2012; Nishii et al. 2013; Xiang and Nishitani 2014). While usual high-rise buildings exhibit large displacement around the top story, base-isolated buildings show relatively large displacement around the base-isolation story near ground surface. This property is very advantageous from the view point of mitigation of effect of excessive vertical load due to large mass-ratio TMD (Kareem 1997; Zhang and Iwan 2002; Mukai et al. 2005; Petti et al. 2010; Nishii et al. 2013; Xiang and Nishitani 2014).

However there still exist several issues to be resolved, e.g. avoidance of excessive vertical load by large mass-ratio TMD, reduction of TMD stroke, reduction of TMD support reactions.

The purpose of this paper is to propose an innovative system of base-isolated buildings with a large mass-ratio TMD at basement. The most serious issue of effect of excessive vertical load due to large mass-ratio TMD on the main building is avoided by introducing the large mass-ratio TMD at basement which is made possible due to the large displacement of a floor in the base-isolation story near basement. Another issue of large stroke of TMD even in the large mass-ratio TMD is overcome by introducing inertial mass dampers in parallel to the spring-dashpot system in the TMD system.

## Base-isolated building with large-mass ratio TMD at basement

*Proposed-1 model*. In Fig. 2(a) the large mass-ratio TMD is located on the sliders and rails and in Fig. 2(b) the large mass-ratio TMD is set on the floor just above the base-isolation system.

### Base-isolated building without TMD

*BI model*(see Ariga et al. 2006). Let

*k*

_{ I },

*c*

_{ I },

*m*

_{ I }denote the stiffness, damping coefficient and mass of the base-isolation story in the BI model. Furthermore let

*k*

_{1},

*c*

_{1},

*m*

_{1}denote the stiffness, damping coefficient and mass of the superstructure. The displacements of masses

*m*

_{1}and

*m*

_{ I }relative ground are denoted by

*u*

_{1}and

*u*

_{ I }, respectively. This model is subjected to the base ground acceleration

*ü*

_{ g }. The equations of motion for this model can be expressed by

### Conventional base-isolated building with large-mass ratio TMD

Recently some systems of a base-isolated building with large-mass ratio TMD have been proposed. Mukai et al. (2005) proposed a new-type active response control system to improve the effectiveness of base-isolated buildings. In this system, the TMD mass is connected both to a superstructure and the basement (ground). A negative stiffness mechanism is used to amplify the response of the TMD mass which enables the avoidance of introduction of large mass-ratio TMD. Nishii et al. (2013) revised the system due to Mukai et al. (2005) by replacing the active damper with negative stiffness with a passive inertial mass damper system. This model is called the *Imass TMD model* in this paper. Although their system is demonstrated to be effective for the reduction of superstructure response, the performance check on the reaction of the TMD system is not conducted. Xiang and Nishitani (2014) presented a system for a base-isolated building with a TMD mass which is located on the base-isolation story level and connected directly to the ground. This model is called the *NewTMD model* in this paper. They demonstrated that their system is effective for a broad range of excitation frequency and proposed an optimization method for determining the system parameters.

*k*

_{2},

*c*

_{2},

*m*

_{2}denote the stiffness, damping coefficient and mass of the TMD system.

*z*

_{2}indicates the inertial mass capacity of the inertial mass damper installed between TMD mass and ground in the Imass TMD model.

### Base-isolated building with large-mass ratio TMD at basement using inertial mass damper for stroke reduction

*Proposed-2 model*. A mechanism example of inertial mass dampers is shown in Fig. 2(d) (Takewaki et al. 2012a). The equations of motion for this model may be expressed by

The model parameters of BI Model, Proposed-1 Model and Proposed-2 Model as shown in Fig. 3 are specified as follows. The same model parameters are used for Imass TMD Model and NewTMD Model. The influence of the rail friction on the response of the proposed models will be discussed in Section ‘Influence of rail friction on response of proposed system’.

The superstructure is a 20-story or 50-story reinforced concrete building and is modeled into a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) model. This modeling into an SDOF model is thought to be appropriate in a base-isolated building. The equal story height of the original building is 3.5 m. The building has a plan of 40 × 40 m and the floor mass is obtained from 1.0 × 10^{3} kg/m^{2}. The floor mass in each floor is 1.6 × 10^{6} kg. The fundamental natural period of the superstructure with fixed base is *T*
_{1} = 1.4 s for a 20-story building and *T*
_{1} = 3.5 s for a 50-story building. The structural damping ratio is assumed to be *h*
_{1} = 0.02. The stiffness and damping coefficient of the SDOF model are computed by \( {k}_1={m}_1{\omega}_1^2 \), *c*
_{1} = 2*h*
_{1}
*k*
_{1}/*ω*
_{1} with the fundamental natural circular frequency *ω*
_{1} = 2*π*/*T*
_{1}.

The mass of the base-isolation story is 4.8 × 10^{6} kg. The fundamental natural period of the BI model with rigid superstructure is *T*
_{
I
} = 5.0 s for the 20-story model and *T*
_{
I
} = 6.0 s for the 50-story model. The damping ratio of the BI model with rigid superstructure is *h*
_{
I
} = 0.1. The stiffness and damping coefficient of the SDOF model are computed by \( {k}_I=\left({m}_I+{m}_1\right){\omega}_I^2 \), *c*
_{
I
} = 2*h*
_{
I
}
*k*
_{
I
}/*ω*
_{
I
} with the fundamental natural circular frequency *ω*
_{
I
} = 2*π*/*T*
_{
I
}. As for TMD, the mass ratio *m*
_{2}/*m*
_{1} is set to *μ* = 0.1 and the inertial mass damper ratio *z*
_{2}/*m*
_{1} is set to *η*
_{
s
} = 0.06. The damping ratio is assumed to be *h*
_{2} = 0.3. The stiffness and damping coefficient of TMD are given by \( {k}_2=\left({m}_2+{z}_2\right){\omega}_2^2 \), *c*
_{2} = 2*h*
_{2}
*k*
_{2}/*ω*
_{2} in terms of the natural circular frequency *ω*
_{2} of TMD . The process of determining *ω*
_{2} is explained in Section ‘Determination of stiffness and damping coefficient of TMD’.

### Determination of stiffness and damping coefficient of TMD

*D*of the deformation of the base-isolation story to the base input (displacement amplitude) as shown in Fig. 4.

^{ T }indicates the matrix transpose. The displacement response ratio

*D*can then be defined by

*ω*

_{ I1}is the undamped natural circular frequency of the BI model.

## Response reduction performance of proposed system for simple base-isolated building and conventional base-isolation-TMD hybrid system

### Simulated long-period ground motion and simulated pulse-type ground motion

*ω*= 2

*π*/

*T*(

*T*: period) as

*T*= 7.0(s).

*C*: an amplitude coefficient,

*a*: reduction coefficient,

*n*: envelope shape coefficient,

*ω*

_{ p }= 2

*π*/

*T*:circular frequency (see Xu et al. 2007).

*C*is determined so as to control the maximum velocity and

*a*is determined from

*a*= 0.4

*ω*

_{ p }. The maximum ground velocity is set to 0.91(m/s) (the maximum velocity of JMA Kobe NS 1995). The period of the pulse wave is specified in the range of 1.0 ~ 3.0(s) with 0.1(s) as the increment. Figure 6 shows the pulse-type wave of

*T*= 2.0(s).

### Response reduction performance of proposed system for simple base-isolated building

### Response reduction performance of proposed system for conventional base-isolation-TMD hybrid system

It is meaningful to note that, while TMD is connected to the base-isolation floor in the proposed models (Proposed-1 model and Proposed-2 model), TMD is connected both to the base-isolation floor and ground in the conventional base-isolation-TMD hybrid system (Imass TMD model and NewTMD model). For this reason the TMD reactions become relatively large in Imass TMD model and NewTMD model.

Although the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) increases the building response under a long-period ground motion slightly compared to the system without an inertial mass damper (Proposed-1 model), the response is still smaller than that of a base-isolated building without TMD. In addition, the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) can reduce the TMD stroke under a long-period ground motion owing to the inertial mass damper. Furthermore, the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) can also reduce the TMD stroke under a pulse-type ground motion owing to the inertial mass damper.

It can be concluded that the proposed systems (Proposed-1 model and Proposed-2 model) can reduce the TMD stroke and TMD reaction effectively compared to the conventional NewTMD model and Imass TMD model for both long-period ground motions and pulse-type ground motions.

## Influence of rail friction on response of proposed system

Since the friction on rail in the TMD system could affect the performance of the proposed control system, its influence has been investigated. Although the static friction behavior is usually different from the dynamic one, the static friction coefficient has been treated as the same as the dynamic one. In this paper, the friction coefficient 0.008 has been used. In order to simulate the friction on rail, an elastic-perfectly plastic relation has been utilized and the initial stiffness has been specified as 1.0 × 10^{10}(N/m).

*T*= 5.0 s). Figure 10 illustrates the influence of friction on rail in Proposed-1 Model subjected to simulated long-period ground motion (50-story, input period

*T*= 7.0 s). Furthermore Fig. 11 presents the influence of friction on rail in Proposed-2 Model subjected to simulated long-period ground motion (50-story, input period

*T*= 7.0 s).

*T*=

*2*.0 s). Figure 13 illustrates the influence of friction on rail in Proposed-1 Model subjected to simulated pulse-type motion (50-story, input period

*T*= 2.0 s). Furthermore Fig. 14 presents the influence of friction on rail in Proposed-2 Model subjected to simulated pulse-type motion (50-story, input period

*T*= 2.0 s). It can be observed that, while the reactions of TMD supports and TMD stroke are affected slightly in a damped process, the superstructure response and base-isolation story response are not affected so much.

It can be concluded that, although the frictions of TMD mass on rail in the proposed systems reduce the TMD stroke for both long-period ground motions and pulse-type ground motions, those do not affect so much on the building response.

## Reduction of TMD stroke using various methods

Design conditions on TMD parameters in several models for TMD stroke reduction

Proposed-1 Model as basic model | Proposed-1-1 Model (detuning) | Proposed-1-2 Model (increased damping) | Proposed-1-3 Model (increased TMD mass-ratio) | Proposed-2 Model (with inertial mass damper) | Imass TMD Model (conventional model with inertial mass damper) | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

TMD mass-ratio | 10 % | 10 % | 10 % | 26.7 % | 10 % | 10 % |

Inertial mass damper ratio | – | – | – | – | 0.06 | 0.08685 |

TMD damping ratio | 0.3 | 0.3 | 0.535 | 0.3 | 0.3 | 0.3 |

Tuning ratio | 0.8780 | 1.2430 | 0.7540 | 0.7880 | 0.8850 | 0.8950 |

Response comparison among proposed models and conventional models under long-period and pulse-type ground motions

Proposed-1-1 Model | Proposed-1-2 Model | Proposed-1-3 Model | Proposed-2 Model | Imass TMD Model | NewTMD Model | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Long-period ground motion | ||||||

Deformation of base-isolation story | × | △ | ◎ | △ | ◎ | 〇 |

Top-floor absolute acceleration | × | △ | ◎ | △ | ◎ | • |

Deformation of superstructure | × | △ | ◎ | △ | ◎ | • |

TMD stroke | Similar reduction from Proposed-1 Model | |||||

TMD displacement relative to ground | × | ◎ | 〇 | 〇 | ◎ | ◎ |

Reaction of spring supporting TMD | × | ◎ | × | △ | × | △ |

Reaction of oil damper supporting TMD | • | △ | × | △ | × | △ |

Reaction of inertial mass damper supporting TMD | – | – | – | ◎ | × | – |

Pulse-type ground motion | ||||||

Deformation of base-isolation story | • | • | • | • | • | • |

Top-floor absolute acceleration | • | • | • | • | • | • |

Deformation of superstructure | • | • | • | • | • | • |

TMD stroke | ◎ | 〇 | • | ◎ | • | 〇 |

TMD displacement relative to ground | • | • | • | 〇 | ◎ | 〇 |

Reaction of spring supporting TMD | △ | ◎ | × | • | △ | △ |

Reaction of oil damper supporting TMD | △ | △ | × | • | × | × |

Reaction of inertial mass damper supporting TMD | – | – | – | ◎ | × | – |

Table 2 presents the response comparison of the proposed models and conventional models with Proposed-1 model under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion. Proposed-1-1 model exhibits a good TMD stroke reduction performance under pulse-type ground motion against Proposed-1 model while the structural response under long-period ground motion increases. Proposed-1-2 model has a good reduction performance of TMD spring reaction under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion against Proposed-1 model. Proposed-1-3 model shows a good reduction performance of structural response under long-period ground motion against Proposed-1 model while the TMD-supporting member reactions under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion cause some problems. Proposed-2 model exhibits a good reduction performance of TMD stroke under pulse-type ground motion against Proposed-1 model and a good reduction performance of TMD-supporting inertial mass damper reaction under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion against Imass TMD model. Imass model shows a good reduction performance of structural response under long-period ground motion against Proposed-1 model while the TMD-supporting member reactions under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion cause some problems. NewTMD model exhibits a good reduction performance of relative displacement of TMD mass to ground under long-period ground motion against Proposed-1 model while the TMD-supporting member reactions under long-period ground motion and pulse-type ground motion cause some problems.

It is important to investigate the sensitivity of the system response to the change of the frequency of long-period ground motions. When the input frequency of long-period ground motions changes from the resonant situation, the TMD stroke and the reaction in the TMD decrease. Furthermore it has been confirmed that the response reduction performance in the TMD stroke and the reaction in the TMD is high in the proposed system compared to the conventional systems.

## Conclusions

- (1)
In order to overcome the difficulties caused by the resonance of a base-isolated building under long-period ground motions and the ineffectiveness of TMD under pulse-type ground motions, a base-isolated building with a large mass-ratio TMD at basement has been introduced. This new base-isolated building system is also aimed at enhancing the earthquake resilience of high-rise buildings. The proposed hybrid system of base-isolation and structural control is effective for both long-period ground motions and pulse-type ground motions. This hybrid system possesses advantageous features compared to existing comparable systems with a TMD at the base-isolation story. The TMD stroke can be reduced to a small level with the use of an inertial mass damper and its reaction can be limited to a lower level by detaching its connection to ground. The proposed hybrid system has another advantage that the TMD mass does not bring large gravitational effect on the building itself because of the placement of TMD at basement.

- (2)
The proposed system (Proposed-1 model) can reduce the building response under a long-period ground motion by 38 % compared to the base-isolated building and keeps the base-isolation performance under a pulse-type ground motion.

- (3)
Although the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) increases the building response under a long-period ground motion slightly compared to the system without an inertial mass damper, the response is still smaller than that of a base-isolated building without TMD (BI model). In addition, the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) can reduce the TMD stroke under a long-period ground motion owing to the inertial mass damper. Furthermore, the proposed system (Proposed-2 model) can reduce the TMD stroke under a pulse-type ground motion owing to the inertial mass damper.

- (4)
The proposed system (Proposed-1 model and Proposed-2 model) can reduce the TMD stroke and TMD reaction effectively compared to the conventional NewTMD model and Imass TMD model for both long-period ground motions and pulse-type ground motions.

- (5)
Although the frictions of TMD mass on rails in the proposed systems reduce the TMD stroke for both long-period ground motions and pulse-type ground motions, those do not affect so much on the building response.

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

Part of the present work is supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (No.24246095). This support is greatly appreciated.

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