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Topology Optimization of Constrained Damping Layer Treatments

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Arnold Lumsdaine

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Paper No. IMECE2002-39021, pp. 149-156; 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


The aim of this research is to determine the optimal shape of a constrained viscoelastic damping layer on an elastic beam by means of topology optimization. The optimization objective is to maximize the system loss factor for the first resonance frequency of the base beam. All previous optimal design studies on viscoelastic lamina have been size or shape optimization studies, assuming a certain topology for the damping treatment. In this study, this assumption is relaxed, allowing an optimal topology to emerge. The loss factor is computed using the Modal Strain Energy method in the optimization process. Loss factor results are validated by using the half-power bandwidth method, which requires obtaining the forced response of the structure. The ABAQUS finite element code is used to model the structure with two-dimensional continuum elements. The optimization code uses a Sequential Quadratic Programming algorithm. Results show that significant improvements in damping performance, on the order of 100% to 300%, are obtained by optimizing the constrained damping layer topology. A novel topology for the constraining layer emerges through the optimization process.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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