Residential Seismic Design Using Viscous Dampers

By |2019-08-27T22:43:14-07:00August 26th, 2019|

Viscous dampers dissipate the energy of a seismic event by forcing a fluid through an orifice during deflection in either direction along the length of the damper. The dampers need to deflect to dampen the energy but also need to be strong enough to limit the seismic drift to levels that will not damage finishes during the maximum expected earthquake for the site.