Seismic Friction Dampers
Parts Manufacture & Assembly
Torre Cuarzo, Mexico D.F, Mexico
Seismic Friction Dampers provide the Torre Cuarzo with state of the art earthquake protection. Standing at 180m, the Torre Cuarzo uses more than 450 friction dampers.
Friction Dampers are inspected once more after painting to ensure that there is no exposed metal. The dampers will be painted once more after installation.
Friction Dampers are strapped onto a skid or into a crate depending on the shipping method.
The building is protected against earthquakes using seismic friction dampers connected in parallel to increase the slip load.
A closeup from the exterior of the building showing the friction damper placement.
Friction Dampers with the same slip load and stroke were installed in parallel in order to create "larger" dampers with a higher slip load.
Rendering of Torre Cuarzo, image courtesy of Diametro Arquitectos
Alma Hospital, Alma, Canada
The hospital in Alma was retrofitted using seismic friction dampers which allow the building to remain fully operational in the event of a major temblor.
Photos courtesy of CIUSSS du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
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