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Optimum placement and control of active constrained layer damping using the modal strain energy approach
Author(s): Jeng-Jong Ro; Amr M. Baz
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Paper Abstract

Active Constrained Layer Damping (ACLD) treatment has been used successfully for controlling the vibration of various flexible structures. It provides an effective means for augmenting the simplicity and reliability of passive damping with the low weight and high efficiency of active controls to attain high damping characteristics over broad frequency bands. In this paper, optimal placement strategies of ACLD patches are devised using the modal strain energy (MSE) method. These strategies aim at minimizing the total weight of the damping treatments while satisfying constraints imposed on the modal damping ratios. A finite element model is developed to determine the modal strain energies of plates treated with ACLD treatment. The treatment is then applied to the elements that have highest MSE in order to target specific modes of vibrations. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the utility of the devised optimization technique as an effective tool for selecting the optimal locations of the ACLD treatment to achieve desired damping characteristics over a broad frequency band.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3329, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (27 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316955
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Jeng-Jong Ro, Old Dominion Univ. (Taiwan)
Amr M. Baz, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3329:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Mark E. Regelbrugge, Editor(s)

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