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Optimal Level Set Vibration Control of Plate Structures

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Masoud Ansari, Amir Khajepour

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Ebrahim Esmailzadeh

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON, Canada

Paper No. DETC2011-48050, pp. 1081-1086; 6 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 23rd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5478-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This research is motivated by the need for control of flexural vibrations of lightweight plates. It addresses application of the level set method in optimal control of vibrations in plate-like structures. One of the most commonly practiced methods in control of vibration is to apply constrained layer damping patches to the surface of a structure. In order to consider the weight efficiency of the structure, the best shape and locations of the patches should be determined to achieve the optimum vibration suppression with lowest amount of damping patch. A novel topology optimization approach is proposed that is capable of finding the optimum shape and locations of the patches simultaneously. A 2D cantilever plate, undergoing flexural vibrations, will be considered. The optimal damping set will be found in the structure, such that the lowest modal energy in the fundamental vibration mode of the system is achieved. The proposed level set topology optimization method shows capability of determining the optimum damping set in structures accurately.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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