Theoretical study of the effects of nonlinear viscous damping on vibration isolation of sdof systems
ABSTRACT The present study is concerned with the theoretical analysis of the effects of nonlinear viscous damping on vibration isolation of single degree of freedom (sdof) systems. The concept of the output frequency response function (OFRF) recently proposed by the authors is applied to study how the transmissibility of a sdof vibration isolator depends on the parameter of a cubic viscous damping characteristic. The theoretical analysis reveals that the cubic nonlinear viscous damping can produce an ideal vibration isolation such that only the resonant region is modified by the damping and the non-resonant regions remain unaffected, regardless of the levels of damping applied to the system. Simulation study results demonstrate the validity and engineering significance of the analysis. This research work has significant implications for the analysis and design of viscously damped vibration isolators for a wide range of practical applications.
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ABSTRACT: The main problem of using a conventional linear damper on a vibration isolation system is that the reduction of the resonant peak in many cases inevitably results in the degradation of the high-frequency transmissibility. Instead of using active control methods which normally depend on the model of the controlled plant and where unmodelled dynamics may induce stability concerns, recent studies have revealed that optimal vibration isolation over a wide frequency range can be achieved by using nonlinear damping. The present study is concerned with the realization of the ideal nonlinear damping characteristic using a feedback-controlled MR damper. Both simulation and experimental studies are conducted to demonstrate the advantages of the simple but effective vibration control strategy. This research work has significant implications for the effective use of MR dampers in the vibration control of a wide range of engineering systems.Smart Materials and Structures 09/2013; 22(10):105010. · 2.02 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Magnetorheological fluid technology has gained significant development during the past decades. The application of magnetorheological fluids has grown rapidly in civil engineering, safety engineering, transportation, and life science with the development of magnetorheological fluid–based devices, especially magnetorheological fluid dampers. The magnetorheological fluid dampers could offer an outstanding capability in semiactive vibration control due to excellent dynamical features such as fast response, environmentally robust characteristics, large force capacity, low power consumption, and simple interfaces between electronic input and mechanical output. To address the fast growing demand on magnetorheological fluid damping technology in extensive engineering practices, the state-of-the-art development is presented in this article, which provides a comprehensive review on the structure design and its analysis of magnetorheological fluid dampers (or systems). This can be regarded as a useful complement to several existing reviews in the recent literature on magnetorheological fluids technology, magnetorheological fluid applications, modeling of magnetorheological fluids and dampers, control strategies of magnetorheological fluid systems, and so on. The review begins with an introduction of the basic features and relevant applications of magnetorheological fluids. Then several basic structure design issues of magnetorheological fluid dampers are introduced. Following this, typical magnetorheological dampers are discussed according to the arrangement configurations of magnetorheological fluid cylinders and magnetorheological fluid control valves. Furthermore, reinforced structure designs of magnetorheological fluid dampers are provided, which focus on coil configuration, fluid resistance channel design, and electromagnetic design. Thereafter, design issues of magnetorheological fluid damper systems are discussed, which involves sensor-based magnetorheological fluid damper systems, self-powered magnetorheological fluid damper systems, fail-safe magnetorheological fluid damper systems, and integrated spring magnetorheological fluid damper systems. Importantly, to have a systematic quantitative viewpoint of the analysis and design of magnetorheological fluid dampers, the review ends with a summary of performance analysis issues, including performance specification, analytical modeling, parameter optimization, and so on.Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 05/2012; 28(3):839-873. · 1.52 Impact Factor