Adaptive numerical method algorithms for nonlinear viscous and bilinear oil damper models subjected to dynamic loading

Adaptive numerical method algorithms are presented for the numerical simulation of the hysteretic behaviour of nonlinear viscous and bilinear oil dampers within a finite element program for nonlinear dynamic analysis of frame structures under earthquake excitations. The adaptive algorithms are applicable for computing high-precision solutions for nonlinear viscous and bilinear oil dampers with valve relief that are typically represented mathematically with a nonlinear Maxwell model. The algorithms presented possess excellent convergence characteristics for viscous dampers with a wide range of velocity exponents and axial stiffness properties. The algorithms are implemented in an open source finite element software, and their applicability and computational efficiency is demonstrated through a number of validation examples with data that involve component experimentation as well as the utilization of full-scale shake table tests of a 5-story steel building equipped with nonlinear viscous and bilinear oil dampers.

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Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 113, 488-502
Jul 05 2018
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