Chain dampers for control of wind-induced vibration of tower and mast structures

L. L. Koss, W. H. Melbourne

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This paper outlines the operation of hanging chain impact dampers and their use in reducing vibration amplitudes of tower and mast structures due to wind excitation. Hanging chain dampers are employed inside towers to increase their structural damping, thus reducing the amplitude of forced vibration and reducing the possibility of structural damage. Four case histories are examined which detail the design of individual chain dampers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-625
Number of pages4
JournalEngineering Structures
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


  • hanging chain impact dampers
  • vibration
  • wind excitation

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