Tuned Liquid Dampers | Meca Enterprises Inc


A Tuned Liquid Damper is an annular box, which is partially filled with a water/glycol mixture. The box is specially designed to maximize the damping effectiveness of the fluid that is contained by the damper. This style of damper is unique in that it can also be used as a platform with the addition of handrails. The damper has no moving parts, the damping is provided by the sloshing of the liquid that is internal.


Provides the greatest damping

All stainless steel components

Relatively low weight and wind drag

Can visually see if the TMD is working


Higher cost

Needs to be near top of stack

Sometimes complicates design if there are attachments (ladders, platforms, piping, etc.)

One TMD can only address one mode of vibration

TLD Damper in the shop…

…and on the stack

TLD Damper in the shop…

…and on the stack

TLD Damper in the shop…

…and on the stack


Will the water freeze?
A mixture of water and antifreeze (Glycol) is recommended with each design to prevent freezing.

Is the Damper shipped full of liquid?
Typically the damper is shipped empty, and the liquid is added at the job site per our specifications.

How will I know if the damper is leaking fluid?
During fabrication a pressure test is performed to ensure that the damper is water tight at time of shipment. In real world conditions the damper will not be exposed to pressure, and so leaking is unlikely. There are a couple of ways to verify that the damper has liquid 1) If the stack is vibrating, 2) Open the damper filler cap and look inside damper.

Will the fluid cause corrosion?
Some corrosion will be experienced, as is expected with all carbon steel; however, only modest corrosion rates have been witnessed on damper installations. The damper is a closed system, no air is infiltrating the inside chamber of the damper. It would be similar to a radiator on a car, since there is a closed system then corrosion is not expected to be significant.

What damping ratio should I expect with a damper?
Damping ratios up to 0.035 and up can be achieved, with the average being about 0.02. If needed, the Damper can be designed to provide much greater damping. The damper size and effective additional Damping are custom designed each time to provide the most economical solution.

What if I have a hot stack?
In the case where the stack shell is hot, > 180° F (80° C), some special precautions must be taken. The Damper will be designed so that there is a gap between the shell and the damper, to essentially break the thermal bridge. We do not want the damper to exceed the boiling point of water, which would cause the damper to experience internal pressure. By breaking the thermal bridges we ensure that the temperature will stay below the boiling point.