seismic dampers

Sumitomo Riko Sees Strong Demand for Viscoelastic Rubber in Damping Applications

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is looking to expand its sales of TRC Damper, a seismic control system for wooden houses. The company markets this as providing safety, security and comfort by protecting houses from the vibrations caused by earthquakes. TRC Damper incorporates Sumitomo Riko’s special viscoelastic rubber, which serves to absorb the energy of earthquakes and turn it into...

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Sumitomo Rubber’s Vibration Control Damper Chosen for Seismic Retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that its vibration control damper will be used by Obayashi Corp. (TYO:1802) for the seismic retrofitting of Kumamoto Castle’s keep. The viscoelastic damper absorbs tremors by instantly converting seismic energy to heat, and uses high-damping rubber developed based on the advanced technology Sumitomo Rubber has accumulated for racing tires. The rubber has also...

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Bridgestone Develops Vibration Control Device for Use in Any Building Structure

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has joined JFE Steel Corp. and JFE Civil Engineering & Construction Corp. to jointly develop a new intermediate viscoelastic damper. Serving to control vibrations, it absorbs the energy generated by an earthquake and efficiently reduces the swaying experienced by buildings. Bridgestone builds the panels used in the viscoelastic body, while JFE Steel makes the upper and lower...

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Kyoto University Proves Strength of Sumitomo Rubber’s Miraie Seismic Damper System

Since Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) launched its Miraie residential-purposed seismic damper units in March 2012, they have gone on to be installed in 18,000 buildings through the end of last year. After earning high praise in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, effectiveness has now also been proven by conducting a full-scale seismic test on Jan. 27 at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention...

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