An innovative displacement-dependent metallic yielding damper designed to deform inelastically under in-plane flexural bending for seismic protection of building structures is proposed. The in-plane flexural damper that originated from a portal frame is modified by replacing the beam with a circular arch so that the effect of stress concentration can be minimized. Component tests of the in-plane dampers were conducted and compared with analytical results. Hysteresis of the component test indicates a consistent energy-dissipative characteristic of the damper. Moreover, seismic performance of the proposed damper via a series of shaking table tests was carried out. Excellent seismic performance of the proposed in-plane arched damper was observed. The acceleration responses in both peak and root-mean-squares of all floors are significantly reduced, and were greater in extent compared to the earthquake intensity increases.
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