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Vibration Modelling of String-Harnessed Beam Structures Using Homogenization Techniques

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Blake Martin, Armaghan Salehian

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2014-37039, pp. V04BT04A074; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4648-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Harnessing structural elements with strings, power cables, and signal cables increases the complexity in modelling the dynamic behaviour of such structures. Developing models capable of accurately predicting the dynamic behaviour of these systems is of great importance for space structures that cannot be tested prior to launch. The focus of this work is obtaining an equivalent continuum model for string-harnessed beam-like structures with periodic wrapping patterns. The tension in the string is assumed to vary as the beam deflects. The displacement field with second-order terms is determined and from which the Green-Lagrange strain tensor is obtained. After finding kinetic and potential energy expressions Hamilton’s principle is used to obtain the partial differential equation and boundary conditions. Numerical results for the shift in the natural frequencies are presented for various string properties to investigate their effects on the structure.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: String , Modeling , Vibration



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