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    How A Steel Ball Shielded Taiwan’s Tallest Skyscraper During Earthquake : Report

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    How A Steel Ball Shielded Taiwan's Tallest Skyscraper During Earthquake

    In a recent seismic event, Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, emerged virtually unscathed, thanks to its groundbreaking engineering features. The 7.4-magnitude earthquake tested the resilience of this iconic structure, revealing the effectiveness of its unique safety mechanism: a massive pendulum known as a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD).

    The TMD, affectionately dubbed “Damper Baby,” is a colossal 660-metric-tonne steel sphere suspended over 1,000 feet above the ground at the heart of Taipei 101. Its primary function is to mitigate the impact of seismic activities and strong winds, effectively reducing the building’s sway by up to 40%.

    Engineers designed the TMD to oscillate in response to external forces, such as earthquakes or typhoons, which are common occurrences in Taiwan. This oscillation absorbs the energy generated by intense swinging, significantly minimizing the discomfort experienced by occupants during such events.

    Constructed from 41 steel layers and measuring nearly 18 feet in diameter, the pendulum swings within a limited range of 59 inches to prevent excessive movement. Positioned between the 87th and 92nd floors, it acts as a crucial component of Taipei 101’s structural integrity.

    The success of the Tuned Mass Damper was vividly captured in closed-circuit TV footage, contrasting the minimal movement of Taipei 101 with the pronounced shaking observed in neighboring buildings during the earthquake. This demonstration underscores the efficacy of innovative engineering in safeguarding skyscrapers in earthquake-prone regions.

    Beyond its functional prowess, the TMD also serves as an aesthetic attraction, visible to visitors from the observation deck. Its integration into Taipei 101’s design showcases a harmonious blend of engineering ingenuity and architectural elegance.

    Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, continues to stand as a testament to Taiwan’s resilience and commitment to advanced structural technologies. As seismic events and extreme weather patterns pose ongoing challenges, structures like Taipei 101 demonstrate the vital role of innovative engineering in ensuring public safety and building sustainability in high-risk areas.

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