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Vibration control of beams using stand-off layer damping: finite element modeling and experiments
Author(s): A. Chaudry; A. Baz
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Paper Abstract

Damping treatments with stand-off layer (SOL) have been widely accepted as an attractive alternative to conventional constrained layer damping (CLD) treatments. Such an acceptance stems from the fact that the SOL, which is simply a slotted spacer layer sandwiched between the viscoelastic layer and the base structure, acts as a strain magnifier that considerably amplifies the shear strain and hence the energy dissipation characteristics of the viscoelastic layer. Accordingly, more effective vibration suppression can be achieved by using SOL as compared to employing CLD. In this paper, a comprehensive finite element model of the stand-off layer constrained damping treatment is developed. The model accounts for the geometrical and physical parameters of the slotted SOL, the viscoelastic, layer the constraining layer, and the base structure. The predictions of the model are validated against the predictions of a distributed transfer function model and a model built using a commercial finite element code (ANSYS). Furthermore, the theoretical predictions are validated experimentally for passive SOL treatments of different configurations. The obtained results indicate a close agreement between theory and experiments. Furthermore, the obtained results demonstrate the effectiveness of the CLD with SOL in enhancing the energy dissipation as compared to the conventional CLD. Extension of the proposed one-dimensional CLD with SOL to more complex structures is a natural extension to the present study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6169, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Damping and Isolation, 61690R (17 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658489
Show Author Affiliations
A. Chaudry, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
A. Baz, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6169:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Damping and Isolation
William W. Clark; Mehdi Ahmadian; Arnold Lumsdaine, Editor(s)

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