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Vibration control of plates with active constrained-layer damping
Author(s): Amr M. Baz; Jeng-Jong Ro
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Paper Abstract

Bending vibration of flat plates is controlled using patches of active constrained layer damping (ACLD) treatments. Each ACLD patch consists of a visco-elastic damping layer which is sandwiched between two piezo-electric layers. The first layer is directly bonded to the plate to sense its vibration and the second layer acts as an actuator to actively control the shear deformation of the visco-elastic damping layer according to the plate response. With such active/passive control capabilities the energy dissipation mechanism of the visco-elastic layer is enhanced and its damping characteristics of the plate vibration is improved. A finite element model is developed to analyze the dynamics and control of flat plates which are partially treated with multi-patches of ACLD treatments. The model is validated experimentally using an aluminum plate which is 0.05 cm thick, 25.0 cm long, and 12.5 cm wide. The plate is treated with two ACLD patches. Each of which is made of SOUNDCOAT (Dyad 606) visco- elastic layer sandwiched between two layers of AMP/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezo- electric films. The piezo-electric axes of the patches are set at zero degrees relative to the plate longitudinal axis to control the bending mode. The effect of the gain of a proportional control action on the system performance is presented. Comparisons between the theoretical predictions and the experimental results suggest the validity of the developed finite element model. Also, comparisons with the performance of conventional passive constrained layer damping clearly demonstrate the merits of the ACLD as an effective means for suppressing the vibration of flat plates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 1995
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2445, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Passive Damping, (5 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208908
Show Author Affiliations
Amr M. Baz, Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Jeng-Jong Ro, Catholic Univ. of America (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2445:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Passive Damping
Conor D. Johnson, Editor(s)

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