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Theory and Application of Localized Vibration Control Strategy in Cable-Suspended Membrane Space Structures

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Hiraku Sakamoto, K. C. Park

University of Colorado

Paper No. IMECE2005-81597, pp. 323-332; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Aerospace
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4210-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The present study explores both structural and controller design to attenuate vibration in large membrane structures especially due to low-frequency harmonic excitations. It is very difficult for membrane structures to suppress the low-frequency vibration induced by flexible support structures, because a lightly pre-stressed membrane has extremely low mode frequencies and little damping effect. The present study proposes the use of web-like perimeter cables around a membrane, and the application of simple and lightweight active controllers only along the web cables. This strategy successfully suppresses the membrane vibration when the web-cable configuration is appropriately tailored. Both linear and nonlinear finite-element analyses exhibit a clear tradeoff between structural mass and control efficiency.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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