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Comparison of passive damping treatments for hollow structures
Author(s): Richard J. Pamley; John Richard House; Michael J. Brennan
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Paper Abstract

Internal damping of hollow structures, particularly retrospectively, is often difficult and expensive. The nature of the damping material and how it will be used will also be relevant if weight penalties are of significance. It would seem advantageous to establish how effective a damping treatment will be before deciding whether or not to use it. This paper presents an investigation into different methods of applying passive damping treatments to such structures. The merits of three treatments, extensional, constrained-layer, and visco-sphere in-fill damping are discussed. Using the dynamic properties of the viscoelastic damping material, the effect of the individual damping treatments are modelled using MATLAB, for the optimised treatments are applied to the box beam. This allowed for thickness optimisation of the layers of viscoelastic material, particularly for the constrained layer damping. The effectiveness of these treatments in damping the lowest flexural modes present in a steel box beam is investigated using hammer and electromagnetic shaker excitation. These results are then compared with predicted values and each other.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2001
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4331, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Damping and Isolation, (2 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432729
Show Author Affiliations
Richard J. Pamley, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough and Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
John Richard House, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)
Michael J. Brennan, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4331:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Damping and Isolation
Daniel J. Inman, Editor(s)

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