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This paper outlines the methods that have been used to determine the frequencies and modes of vibration of multistory buildings from their wind-induced vibrations. Three buildings of ten, thirty-eight and forty-seven stories were investigated. A simple theoretical model was used to calculate the frequencies of vibration of the buildings; the model was based on the assumption that there was no joint rotation in the building frames. A comparison of the theoretical and measured values of the frequencies showed that this simple model was a realistic representation of only the smaller building. It is concluded that a model that includes joint rotation would be more realistic for the taller buildings. Auto-correlation and power spectrum analysis of the vibration records were used to obtain an estimate of the damping characteristics of the buildings. The values obtained were 1 to 3 per cent of the critical amount of damping.

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