Advances in control of structural vibrations

Co-organised by: Agathoklis Giaralis, A. Taflanidis

Vibration suppression in dynamically excited engineering structures and structural components is typically achieved by employing dampers, vibration isolators, electromagnetic motors, inerters, dynamic vibration absorbers, and engineered (meta) materials and structures operating in passive, semi-active, active, or hybrid regimes. In recent years, several novel vibration suppression devices and configurations emerged including inerter-based vibration absorbers, hybrid base-isolation systems, dynamic energy harvesters, nonlinear/hysteretic dampers, negative stiffness mechanisms and meta-foundations/materials in diverse large-scale civil engineering structures and applications such as the seismic protection of buildings, bridges and heritage structures, the mitigation of wind-induced oscillations in slender buildings, bridges, cabled structures and wind turbines, and the suppression of human and traffic-induced vibrations in structures and infrastructure. 

The proliferation of the structural control field supported by the concept of smart/adaptive structures to adverse operational and environmental dynamic loading creates the premise for this Mini-symposium (MS) which aims to bring together researchers from the fields of structural dynamics, vibration control, energy harvesting, and mechatronics fostering synergies across engineering disciplines. Papers on theoretical and computational structural dynamics and control discussing optimal design and/or assessment of motion control device configurations are welcome. Contributions discussing modelling of new devices at a conceptual design stage, experimental testing, as well as field deployments are also invited. Lastly, submissions highlighting practical needs and unexplored areas in the field as well as bridging the gap between traditional structural control devices/approaches and forward-looking adaptive devices/configurations for smart structures are prioritized.

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