Eliminating Beating Effects in Damping Estimation of High-Rise Buildings

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Original languageEnglish
Article number04019102
Journal / PublicationJournal of Engineering Mechanics - ASCE
Issue number12
Online published28 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


The beating phenomenon, induced by coupling between translational modes of tall buildings with closely spaced frequencies, may have significant effects on modal identification, especially damping estimation. This paper proposes a new method for attenuating the adverse effects of beating on modal identification for high-rise buildings. Beating in typhoon-induced responses of a high-rise building is clearly observed via both frequency domain and time domain analysis. To eliminate the effects of beating on structural modal identification, a normal coordinates-based modal decomposition method for coupled translational modes is proposed, which is proved to be effective for separating closely coupled translational modes and thereby improving the accuracy of damping estimation for high-rise buildings. This paper aims to provide valuable implications for damping evaluation of high-rise buildings.

Research Area(s)

  • Beating, Damping estimation, High-rise building, Modal identification, Random decrement technique, Typhoon, Wind-induced structural dynamic response