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Structural vibration damping experiments using improved piezoelectric shunts
Author(s): Shu-yau Wu; Andrew S. Bicos
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Paper Abstract

The theoretical analysis of an improved piezoelectric shunt using a piezoelectric PZT element shunted with a parallel resistor and inductor circuit for passive structural damping and vibration control was studied. In this paper, we report results of the experiments of the improved shunting technique which were performed and demonstrated successfully for passive vibration control in the ARPA consortium SPICES program on several structures including thermoset fiberglass/epoxy composite plates with embedded PZT patches and cantilever beams with surface bonded patches. Vibration reductions on resonant response of more than 17 dB using the single mode shunting have been obtained on an 18' by 18' by 0.5' composite plate with eight embedded PZT patches. When we excite another composite plate with a commercial compressor mounted on top of it and turn on the shunt circuits, the transmitted vibration level measured with a force gauge at a plate mounting post is reduced about 15 dB. The improved piezoelectric shunting technique has been studied further to shunt-damp multiple vibration modes using only a single PZT patch. The experimental result of the multiple mode shunting also is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3045, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Passive Damping and Isolation, (9 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274217
Show Author Affiliations
Shu-yau Wu, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Andrew S. Bicos, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3045:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Passive Damping and Isolation
L. Porter Davis, Editor(s)

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