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Passive Damping Augmentation Using Macro-Fiber Composite Actuators

[+] Author Affiliations
Kazuhiko Adachi

Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan

Gyuhae Park, Daniel J. Inman

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. IMECE2002-39004, pp. 71-78; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3625-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper aims at presenting the structural vibration-suppression capability of the recently developed Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) actuator as a passive piezoelectric absorber using an inductive resonant shunt circuit. The resistance and inductance of the series RL shunt circuit are designed by the analogy with the single-degree-of-freedom mechanical damped vibration absorber and by using the maximum power transfer theorem of the electric network. Experimental test of a simple cantilevered beam demonstrates that the MFC actuator has excellent capability of improving the dynamic response of the beam as a piezoelectric damping system. The damping enhancement performance of the MFC actuator is superior to that of the conventional monolithic PZT actuator.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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