Main article: Earthquake engineeringseismic performance than that of a conventional structure at the expense of the seismic input energy dissipation . There are four major groups of hysteretic dampers used for the purpose, namely:
- Fluid viscous dampers (FVDs)
- Metallic yielding dampers (MYDs)
- Viscoelastic dampers (VEDs)
- Friction dampers (FDs)
Each group of dampers has specific characteristics, advantages and disadvantages for structural applications.