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Vibration Damping Characterization of Linseed oil based Elastomers for its Effectiveness to Attenuate Structural Vibration

Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Impact Factor: 1.4). 06/2013; DOI: 10.1002/app.39607

ABSTRACT Vibration damping properties of elastomers prepared from linseed oil were characterized by Dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) in a temperature range of -50 to 100 oC and frequency range of 5Hz to 1 kHz. The maximum damping loss factor, varies from 0.78 to 1.32, the room temperature (25 oC) loss factor, in the range of 0.56 to 1.08 and the temperature range ( ) for effective damping ( 0.3) varies from 63 oC to 74.4 oC in different elastomers. The elastomers behave as a good vibration damper both in lower and higher frequency range. Thus these elastomers exhibit good damping behaviour in a wide range of temperature and frequency, a primary requirement for practical damping applications. A modal constrained layer damping system (CLD) constructed utilizing these elastomers exhibits its potentiality to attenuate structural vibrations with respect to mild steel bare plate resonator under laboratory fabricated testing methodology.

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    ABSTRACT: A low cost experimental setup has been fabricated for evaluation of vibration damping properties of a variety of elastomers developed from linseed oil. Free and forced vibration principles were utilized in this experimental setup. Under forced vibration, the shear loss factor varies from 0.37 to 1.03 at 2nd bending vibration mode and 0.43 to 0.99 at 3rd bending vibration mode for different elastomers. The loss factor varies from 0.52 to 0.94 under free vibration. The loss factors determined by both forced and free vibration techniques are in good agreement with the loss factors obtained from dynamic mechanical analysis. The ultimate tensile strength and Young’s modulus of the elastomers varies from 0.37 to 3.71 MPa, 0.27 to 10.27 MPa, respectively, whereas these properties in compression are in the range of 3.1 to 72.9 MPa and 1.5 to 30.1 MPa, respectively. Thus, these elastomers are mechanically stable for vibration damping applications.
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