|World's largest pendulum?
Engineers equipped Taipei 101 with the world's largest tuned mass damper. This 660-tonne ball of stacked steel plates hangs on steel cables from the tower's 92nd floor. It's connected to the building's frame through eight fluid-filled shock absorbers.
'The tuned mass damper absorbs energy from tower sway and safely spreads it out. As the tower moves back and forth, the tuned mass damper swings like a pendulum, pushing liquid through shock absorbers. The liquid heats up, which transfers the energy,' says motion engineer Jamieson Robinson of Motioneering Inc.
|Jamieson Robinson, a motion engineer at Motioneering Inc.|