Adhikari, S and Woodhouse, J (2000) *Towards identification of a general model of damping.* Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 4062. I/--. ISSN 0277-786X

## Abstract

Characterization of damping forces in a vibrating structure has long been an active area of research in structural dynamics. In spite of a large amount of research, understanding of damping mechanisms is not well developed. A major reason for this is that unlike inertia and stiffness forces it is not in general clear what are the state variables that govern the damping forces. The most common approach is to use `viscous damping' where the instantaneous generalized velocities are the only relevant state variables. However, viscous damping by no means the only damping model within the scope of linear analysis. Any model which makes the energy dissipation functional non-negative is a possible candidate for a valid damping model. This paper is devoted to develop methodologies for identification of such general damping models responsible for energy dissipation in a vibrating structure. The method uses experimentally identified complex modes and complex natural frequencies and does not a-priori assume any fixed damping model (eg., viscous damping) but seeks to determine parameters of a general damping model described by the so called `relaxation function'. The proposed method and several related issues are discussed by considering a numerical example of a linear array of damped spring-mass oscillators.

Item Type: | Article |
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Subjects: | UNSPECIFIED |

Divisions: | Div C > Applied Mechanics |

Depositing User: | Cron job |

Date Deposited: | 16 Jul 2015 14:13 |

Last Modified: | 29 Nov 2015 10:28 |

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