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Effectiveness of section length optimization for constrained viscoelastic layer damping treatments
Author(s): Thomas E. Alberts; Yung Chen; Houchun Xia
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that constrained viscoelastic layer damping treatments provide an effective means of passive control for structural vibration. These treatments dissipate vibrational energy by inducing shear strain in a thin layer of viscoelastic material. Our interest is in adding passive damping to a structure as an augmentation to active control. For such applications it is desirable to achieve high damping performance in a given frequency range with a minimum of added weight. Constrained layer damping treatments most commonly employ spatially continuous constraining layers over the entire viscoelastic layer. Plunkett and Lee have shown that the effectiveness of the damping treatment can be significantly increased by sectioning the constraining layer into segments of optimal length for the target frequency range. The authors have observed that few have recognized the degree of improvement achievable through this method. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the effectiveness of the method, through examples. It is demonstrated that, for a particular laboratory structure, the damping of the modes of interest can easily be increased by a factor of 10 or more by properly sectioning the constraining layer. The structure considered is a simple aluminum flat bar which is the arm of a single link flexible robot experiment. The damping material is 3M ISD-11O, and the constraining layer is 10 mu steel shim. Data is presented to compare experimental results with theoretical and finite element predictions. Plunkett and Lee's theory is used for theoretical analysis. The finite element model was developed based on MSC/NASTRAN code.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1303, Advances in Optical Structure Systems, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21510
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas E. Alberts, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)
Yung Chen, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)
Houchun Xia, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1303:
Advances in Optical Structure Systems
John A. Breakwell; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide, Editor(s)

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