Making use of the special features of high-damping rubber, Sumitomo Rubber's vibration control technology reduces everything from minute,wind-generated swinging to large-scale earthquakes. Its diverse range of applications includes large-scale bridge cables and high-rise buildings.
By further developing the vibration control technology that was created for bridge-cable dampers, Sumitomo Rubber arrived at the High-Damping Viscoelastic Damper System as a means of protecting high-rise buildings against wind and earthquakes, and improving both safety and convenience.
Along with a structure that resists and isolates earthquakes, Sumitomo Rubber has developed a high-damping rubber system that helps absorb shaking in private homes. With a compact design and few site restrictions, the system is receiving much attention.
"Grast," Sumitomo Rubber's vibration control technology, uses high-damping rubber to absorb energy. It not only boasts a compact structure but offers reliable performance in a wide range of temperatures and frequencies. It is also continually being developed for use in new fields.
Our dampers protect cable-stayed bridges from vibrations caused by wind and rain. Since introducing the dampers in 1994, we have collated performance data both in Japan and abroad to develop the ultra-high damping technology, "Grast."
Sumitomo Rubber's "Grast" is an integration of advanced technology with the superior features of rubber. It is now being used as a damping system in traditional wooden buildings.
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