1. Standard memberWoodPush
    Pusher of wood
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    11 Mar '11 22:372 edits
    I'd heard of a somewhat similar mechanism on bridges, but I never knew about this mechanism to keep large towers from swaying.

    Simple idea but pretty cool.

    http://atlasobscura.com/place/tuned-mass-damper-of-taipei-101
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    12 Mar '11 12:56
    Originally posted by WoodPush
    I'd heard of a somewhat similar mechanism on bridges, but I never knew about this mechanism to keep large towers from swaying.

    Simple idea but pretty cool.

    http://atlasobscura.com/place/tuned-mass-damper-of-taipei-101
    IIRC both Discovery and the NG Channel did documentaries on this thing. Neither was very thorough-going, but they did illustrate the basics well enough. It's a pretty thing, isn't it, for such a big lump of metal?

    Richard
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    23 Mar '11 22:36
    I'd love to weigh the buggar in!