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Sommerfeld Effect and Passive Energy Reallocation in a Self-Synchronizing System

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Anubhab Sinha, Saurabh Kumar Bharti, Arun Kumar Samantaray, Ranjan Bhattacharyya

IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India

Paper No. IMECE2018-87559, pp. V04AT06A049; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4A: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, November 9–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5203-3
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Two eccentric rotors are mounted rigidly on a common vibrating base structure. Each of these rotors are separately driven by two motors, which are by nature non-ideal. Although power input for both rotors are different, the two rotors acquire the same speed via communication through the energized vibrating base. The phenomena is known as ‘self-synchronization’. Additionally, the presence of two non-ideal drives within the vibrating system also lead to the onset of the nonlinear jump phenomena (formally known as the Sommerfeld effect). Numerical simulations are carried out on a model developed on MSC Adams. From the generated responses, an overview of ‘self-synchronization’ as well as the various modes of synchronization are studied adjacent to the nature of Sommerfeld effect inherent within this system. The aim is to reduce the structural vibrations, mainly by virtue of self-synchronization. Henceforth, the behavior of the synchronized system is also examined in the presence of two secondary vibration reducing devices — a tuned Dynamic Vibration Absorber (DVA) and a Nonlinear Energy Sink (NES). Both are designed to passively absorb the excess vibrating energy from the synchronized system, at the onset of resonance.

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