Affiliations: Taylor Devices, Inc., 90 Taylor Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 | State University of New York at Buffalo, 132 Ketter Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
Abstract: Today's economic climate demands that conversion of military technology for commerical applications be a part of an aerospace and defense company's strategic planning. Toward this goal, a successful defense conversion has occurred recently with the application of high capacity fluid damping devices from the defense community for use as seismic energy dissipation elements in commercial buildings, bridges, and related structures. These products have been used by the military for many years for attenuation of weapons grade shock, typically applied to shipboard equipment or land based strategic weapons. Commercial energy dissipation devices historically have involved heavy yielding sections or hysteretic joints.