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Mechanical Damping System for Structures

UW ID: 02-006

Description of Technology

          The Mechanical Damping System operates as a tuned-mass damper under relatively low excitation of the primary (or attached) structure, and as a tuned-mass and impact damper when high excitation and resulting responses are present.


          The primary use of the Mechanical Damping System is for use in traffic signals traffic signs to prevent galloping caused by wind. This technology will prevent fatigue cracks caused over time.

Features & Benefits

          Features include easy installation and maintenance. The system is aesthetically pleasing and there is relatively low noise output. Additionally, the system is capable of providing damping in multiple directions. The system will improve the durability of traffic signs and signals, as well as improving safety for motorists. 

Downloadable PDF: 02-006 


Hamilton III, Homer

Patent Status: 

Patent Issued

Contact Us: 

University of Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center 

Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave. 

Laramie, WY 


Phone: 307-766-2520

Fax: 307-766-2530

Contact Us

Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center

Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2520

Fax: (307) 766-2530


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