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Mechanical Domain Parametric Amplification

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Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Nicholas J. Miller, Steven W. Shaw, Brian F. Feeny

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Paper No. DETC2007-35426, pp. 1747-1754; 8 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Though utilized for more than fifty years in a variety of power and communication systems, parametric amplification, the process of amplifying a harmonic signal with a parametric pump, has received very little attention in the mechanical engineering community. In fact, only within the past fifteen to twenty years has the technique been implemented in micromechanical systems as a means of amplifying the output of resonant micro-transducers. While the vast potential of parametric amplification has been demonstrated, to date, in a number of micro- and nano-mechanical systems (as well as a number electrical systems), few, if any, macroscale mechanical amplifiers have been reported. Given that these amplifiers are easily realizable using larger-scale mechanical systems, the present work seeks to address this void by examining a simple, representative example: a cantilevered beam with longitudinal and transverse base excitations. The work begins with the systematic formulation of a representative system model, which is used to derive a number of pertinent metrics. A series of experimental results, which validate the work’s analytical findings, are subsequently examined, and the work concludes with a brief look at some plausible applications of parametric amplification in macroscale mechanical systems.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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