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Impact Work-Rate and Wear of a Loosely Supported Beam Subject to Harmonic Excitation

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Jakob Knudsen

Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

Ali R. Massih

Quantum Technologies AB, Uppsala, Sweden

Paper No. IMECE2002-32832, pp. 1003-1010; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 5th International Symposium on Fluid Structure Interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Flow Induced Vibration and Noise
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3659-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Impact work-rate of a weakly damped beam with elastic two-sided amplitude constraints subject to harmonic excitation is calculated. Impact work-rate is the rate of energy dissipation to the impacting surfaces. The beam is clamped at one end and constrained by unilateral contact sites near the other end. This system was an object of a vibro-impact experiment which was analyzed in our earlier paper (Knudsen and Massih 2000). Detailed nonlinear dynamic behavior of this system is evaluated in our companion paper (Knudsen and Massih 2002b). Computations show that the work-rate for asymmetric orbits is signifi-cantly higher than for symmetric orbits at or near the same frequency. For the vibro-impacting beam, under conditions that exhibit a stable attractor, calculation of work-rate allows us to predict the “lifetime” of the contacting beam due to fretting-wear damage by extending the stable branch and using the local gap between contacting surfaces as a control parameter. That is, upon computation of the impact work-rate, the fretting-wear process time is calculated through back-substitution of the work-rate and gap-width in a given wear law.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Wear



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