Content: Vibrations can have devastating effects. This is true when a rocket launches, and it’s also true for multistory buildings, offshore oil rigs, and aircraft. But what if you could turn off the resonance caused by vibrations with the flip of a switch? At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, engineers have essentially figured out how to do just that.
The disruptive tuned mass damper offers a passive, highly efficient way to mitigate a multitude of issues resulting from vibrations. Licensed to Thorton Thomasetti, the damper has already been installed in a Brooklyn building that previously swayed back and forth in high winds.