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A Robust Semi-Active Tuned Vibration Absorber for Reducing Vibrations in Force-Excited Structures

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Jeong-Hoi Koo, Mehdi Ahmadian, Mehdi Setareh, Thomas M. Murray

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2002-39202, pp. 303-309; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3628-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A passive TVA is only effective when it is tuned properly; otherwise, it can magnify the vibration levels. Often, inevitable off-tuning of a TVA occurs due to changes in the primary structure mass and stiffness for force-excited structural systems such as a floor. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the robustness of semi-active groundhook TVAs to structure mass and stiffness off-tuning. In the case of floor systems, adding external mass to an existing floor, such as people and furniture, will increase the floor mass, and reduce the mass ratio. Theses changes result in off-tuning of the frequency ratio, which is defined by the ratio of the natural frequency of the TVA to the primary structure natural frequency. In order to study the effect of off-tuning, a force-excited equivalent model of a groundhook TVA is developed and its closed-form solutions are obtained for dynamic analysis of such systems. Moreover, the optimal design parameters of both passive and groundhook equivalent semiactive TVA models are obtained based on minimization of peak transmissibility. The two optimally tuned models are compared as the primary mass and primary structure stiffness changes. The results indicate that the peak transmissibility of the groundhook TVA is lower than that of passive, implying that the groundhook TVA is more effective in reducing vibration levels. The results further indicate that the groundhook TVA is more robust to changes in primary structure mass and stiffness.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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