Taipei 101 skyscraper withstood the earthquake in Taiwan: how did it do it? – The Sun of Mexico

He April 3, 2024, Taiwan was shaken by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake which left a balance of 10 dead, more than a thousand injured and caused the fall of several buildings. However, in the middle of disaster he Taipei skyscraper managed to resist, how was it possible?

After the fort earthquake videos went viral showing various properties who fell for the telluric movementwith a magnitude of which they had not had a record for more than 25 years.

Although what caught the attention was a recording where it is seen that the Taipei skyscraper moves during the violent shaking but without suffering structural damagewhich has an explanation.

How did the Taipei 101 skyscraper resist the earthquake in Taiwan?

Taipei 101 has a height of approximately 508 meters, making it the tallest building in Taiwan and from 2004 to 2009 it was also considered the highest in the worldaccording to Daily Mail.

The modern building has a design inspired by Bamboo shootsa shape that is reflected throughout its 8 floors of construction.

Because Taiwan It is located near the area where the tectonic plates of the Philippine Sea and the Eurasian Sea meet, it is a country prone to earthquakes. Therefore, it is necessary that your buildings have flexible systems that allow them resist telluric movements.

The system with which the skyscraper is he Tuned Mass Damper or the Tuned Mass Damperwhich allows during an earthquake the Taipei 101 reduce your movements.

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Professor Anthony Darby from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath explained to the Daily Mail that it is a “passive damping system”, which works only with gravity and the movement of the building, without the need for energy from another guy.

This system works as a pendulumas it is made up of a steel sphere (5.5 meters in diameter and 680 tons) that is located suspended and held by cables that fall from the 92nd floor and allow the skyscraper to remain balanced in the event of an earthquake through controlled rocking.

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