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Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor

Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor

Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building before losing the title to the Burj Khalifa, has set a new record. As Popular Mechanics reports, the 1,667-foot-tall skyscraper's internal "tuned mass damper" swayed more than it ever has before in last week's Typhoon Soudelor. Also known as a "harmonic absorber," the massive damper moved a full meter from its central position at the tower's top in an effort to keep Taipei 101 upright during the early morning storm's 100 to 145 mph winds.

The weighted ball, measuring 18-feet in diameter and weighing 728 tons, sits on hydraulic cylinders suspended between the 87th and 92nd floors. It was engineered for winds up to 135 mph. Watch the damper (and building) sway in the video below. 

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Taipei 101 Sets New Record During Typhoon Soudelor " 17 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/772017/this-damper-keeps-taipei-101-upright-in-a-typhoon/>
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