Analytically optimal parameters of fractional-order dynamic vibration absorber
Yongjun Shen1 , Haibo Peng2 , Shaofang Wen3 , Shaopu Yang4 , Haijun Xing5
1, 4, 5Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang, 050043, China
2Department of Engineering Mechanics, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang, 050043, China
3Transportation Institute, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang, 050043, China
Journal of Vibroengineering, Vol. 18, Issue 5, 2016, p. 2714-2734.
Received 9 November 2015; received in revised form 24 January 2016; accepted 17 February 2016; published 15 August 2016
In this paper the optimal parameters of the fractional-order Voigt type dynamic vibration absorber (DVA) are analytically studied for two cases, named as and optimization criteria. At first the approximately analytical solution is obtained by the averaging method when the primary system is subjected to harmonic excitation. Then the optimal fractional coefficient and order are obtained based on optimization criterion, which is designed to minimize the maximum amplitude magniﬁcation factor of the primary system. Based on H2 optimization criterion, the optimal fractional parameters are obtained to reduce the total vibration energy of the primary system over the whole-frequency range. The comparisons of the approximate solutions with the numerical ones in the two cases are fulfilled, and the results verify that the approximately analytical solutions are correct and satisfactorily precise. At last the control performance of the fractional-order Voigt type DVA is compared with the classical integer-order counterpart, and it could be concluded that the fractional-order DVA has superiority in vibration engineering, and fractional-order element could replace the traditional damper and spring simultaneously in some cases.
Keywords: dynamic vibration absorber, fractional derivative, parameters optimization, averaging method.
The dynamic vibration absorber (DVA), also named as tuned mass damper (TMD), is a vibration control device which is attached to a vibrating primary system in order to reduce its response by appropriately designing the parameters of DVA. In 1909 Frahm  invented the first DVA without damping element, and it could only work in a narrow frequency range close to the natural frequency of the primary system. In 1928, Den Hartog and Ormondroyd  presented a DVA with damping element, and found that it could suppress the amplitude of the primary system in a broader frequency range. The DVA by Den Hartog and Ormondroyd was very typical and called as the Voigt type DVA. Because it is efficient, reliable and low-cost, the Voigt type DVA has been used in many fields of engineering practice. In order to improve the control performance, it is necessary to study the optimal parameters of the Voigt type DVA.
At present the study on Voigt type DVA can be mainly divided into the three kinds of optimization criteria, i.e. , , and stability maximization. The purpose of optimization criterion is to minimize the maximum amplitude magnification factor. This optimization criterion started from the research by Ormondroyd and Den Hartog , when they found that the amplitude of the primary system in the damped DVA would pass through two fixed points independent of the absorber damping. Hahnkamm  obtained the optimum tuning ratio in 1932, and later the optimum damping ratio was proposed by Brock in 1946 . In 2002, Nishihara and Asami  presented the exact series solution for optimization criterion and compared it with the result by Den Hartog, and found that they are very close in control performance. The optimization criterion was first proposed by Crandall and Mark  in 1963 when they considered the primary system was subjected to random excitation. The object of this criterion is to minimize the total energy of the primary system over the whole-frequency range. In other words, this object is to minimize the area under the amplitude-frequency curve of the primary system. In the late 2000s Iwata  and Asami  also studied the optimum parameters respectively based on this optimization criterion. The stability maximization criterion was presented by Yamaguchi  in 1988 to stabilize the transient vibration of the primary system as quick as possible. All the three optimization criteria have been analytically solved for the undamped primary system. However, for the damped primary system it is difficult to obtain the analytical solution. Accordingly, numerical method was usually dopted to solve this problem. For example, Ioi and Ikeda , Randll , and Thompson  studied the optimum parameters and presented some important results by numerical methods. A detailed numerical study was conducted by Warburton  for the primary system with light damping, and he designed a table about the optimum parameters. In 1997 Nishihara and Matsuhisa  derived the optimum parameters for the primary system with light damping according to the stability maximization criterion. After that Asami and Nishihara [15, 16] presented the series solutions for the and optimization criteria.
Fractional-order calculus was first proposed by Hospital and Leibniz in the late 1700s. In the early development, the research was focused on the definition, properties and computation methods of the fractional-order calculus. Due to the lack of physical and mechanical meaning, it was slowly developed only as a mathematical branch [17-19]. Until Mandelbrot  proposed the fractal theory, the study on fractional-order calculus, especially the study on fractional-order differential equation started to develop rapidly. The research on fractional-order dynamical systems could be mainly divided into three groups, i.e. the qualitatively analysis, numerical study, and analytical research on the fractional-order system. The qualitatively analysis is focused on the number and stability of periodic solutions. Machado and Galhano , Li et al. , Wang and Hu , and Wang and Du , Rossikhin and Shitikova  had studied the composition of the solution for some fractional-order differential equations, and obtained some important results on its stability and properties. The numerical study is focused on the numerically investigation about the complicated nonlinear phenomenon in fractional-order dynamical system, such as bifurcation and chaos. Cao et al. , Sheu et al.  investigated the effect of the fractional-order parameters on the different nonlinear systems. The analytical research is focused on the approximate solution and the quantitative analysis of fractional-order differential equation. Wahi and Chatterjee , Shen and Yang [29-31], Chen and Zhu [32-35] studied the effects of fractional-order parameters on the dynamical response, and presented some important results to improve the control performance by approximately selecting fractional-order parameters.
Although the fractional-order has many advantages in engineering practice, little study on fractional-order DVA has been fulfilled. In engineering, the viscoelastic material could be modelled by fractional-order derivative, such as the air spring, metal rubber and magnetorheological elastomer. In this paper, fractional-order Voigt type DVA is introduced, and the optimum parameters of the presented DVA is studied in detail. In Section 2 the optimum fractional-order parameters, i.e. the fractional order and coefficient are obtained based on the and optimization criteria. The research shows that the linear damping and stiffness in the traditional Voigt type DVA can be replaced by a single fractional-order element completely in the two optimization cases. The comparisons of the approximately analytical solutions with the numerical results are fulfilled in Section 3, and the comparisons between the fractional-order and the traditional integer-order Voigt type DVA are also given in this section. Due to the advantages of fractional-order derivative, this research provides a theoretical basis to use only one fractional-order element to replace the linear spring and damper simultaneously.
2. Analytically investigation on fractional-order DVA
The model of fractional-order Voigt type DVA is shown in Fig. 1, which consists of the primary system and a damped DVA . The fractional-order element is put between the primary system and the DVA, which is in parallel with the spring and damper of the DVA. In vibration engineering, the fractional-order element may be arbitrary viscoelastic material and its force could be modelled as:
where and are the displacement of the primary system and the DVA, is the -order derivative of to with the fractional coefficient () and the fractional order (). There are several definitions for fractional-order derivative, and under some conditions they are equivalent. Here the Caputo’s definition is adopted for simplicity:
where is the Gamma function satisfying . In the fractional-order derivative, the initial condition is very important [36-38]. However, the steady-state responses are more meaningful in vibration engineering and both types of the derivatives will lead to the same steady-state solutions. Accordingly, the objective will be focused on the steady-state solution in the rest parts of this paper.
According to Newtonian second law, the motion equation could be established as:
where , , , , , are the masses, linear stiffness coefficients, and linear viscous damping coefficients of the primary system and DVA respectively. and are the amplitude and frequency of the external excitation.
Using the following parametric transformation:
Eq. (2) becomes:
Fig. 1. The model of fractional-order DVA
2.1. The analytical solution based on the averaging method
According to the averaging method, one can suppose Eq. (3) has the solution as:
where , are the generalized phases. By differentiating Eq. (4) to one can obtain:
Combining Eq. (3) and Eq. (4) with Eq. (5), one can get:
Solving Eq. (6) with , , , as unknowns, one obtains:
Moreover, one could apply the standard averaging method to Eq. (7) in time interval [39-40], that means:
One could select the time terminal as if the integrands are periodic or if the integrands are aperiodic. Then Eq. (8) can be divided into the following types:
Then the first part of Eq. (9) will become:
For the second part of Eq. (9), the integration region should be . Here is taken as an example, and the others could be solved similarly. In order to calculate this integration, two important formulae are introduced [29-31]:
According to Eq. (12), one can get the integral in Eq. (10b):
The detail derivation procedures are presented in Appendix A. Similarly, one can get:
Combining Eq. (13) with Eq. (11), one could obtain:
The steady-state system response is more meaningful. Letting the right part of Eq. (14) be zero and simplifying the equation, one can obtain:
The steady-state amplitudes , and phases , can be obtained by solving Eq. (15). Accordingly, one can get:
Substituting the parameters with the original ones, Eq. (16) could be transformed into:
Two new parameters and , defined as equivalent damping coefﬁcient and the equivalent stiffness coefﬁcient, can be introduced. Then Eq. (17) can be rewritten as:
2.2. optimization of the DVA
The calculation will be very complicated if the primary system contains viscous damping, so that the primary system without damping is considered. One could suppose in the equivalent damping coefﬁcient and the equivalent stiffness coefﬁcient because the main object of optimization criterion is to reduce the maximum resonance amplitude of the primary system. Here the amplitude amplification factor is defined based on Eq. (18) and the parameters in Eq. (3):
Considering the undamped primary system, namely , Eq. (19) can be:
According to the fixed-point theory, the amplitude of the primary system will pass through two fixed points independent of the damping ratio . Assuming the two to be equal when and , one can get:
One can find that there is no meaning if the right part of the equal sign is positive. Taking the negative one and simplifying the equation, one could obtain:
Solving Eq. (22), one can get:
2.2.1. The optimal equivalent frequency ratio
Substituting into respectively when , one can obtain:
Simplifying Eq. (24), one will get:
According to Eq. (23), one can obtain:
Comparing Eq. (25) with Eq. (26), one can get:
The optimal equivalent frequency ratio can be obtained by solving Eq. (27):
Substituting into , then the abscissas of the two fixed points can be obtained:
2.2.2. The optimal equivalent damping ratio
Substituting the optimal equivalent frequency ratio into , differentiating to , and equating the obtained slopes to zero at the two optimal equivalent frequency ratio, one could get the best equivalent damping ratio:
Based on Eq. (30), one could obtain an average value between the two given optimal equivalent damping ratios:
In order to determine the optimal equivalent stiffness and equivalent damping, the optimal frequency ratio and the optimal damping ratio are replaced by the equivalent stiffness and the equivalent damping. After simplification one could get:
The optimal fractional order and the fractional coefficient can be obtained by solving Eq. (32):
That means, the fractional-order element could replace the linear spring and damper simultaneously in optimization criterion, and reduce the maximum resonance amplitude of the primary system the same as traditional Voigt type DVA.
2.3. optimization of the DVA
optimization will be more desirable if the system is subjected to random excitation instead of harmonic excitation, because the object of this optimization criterion is to reduce the total vibration energy of the primary system over the whole-frequency range. It means the area under the amplitude-frequency curve of the primary system should be minimized.
The performance index is defined as follow for the optimization criterion:
where the symbol is statistical average, the symbol is the temporal averages, and is the uniform power spectrum density of the excitation force respectively. The mean square value of the displacement of the primary system is calculated by the following equation:
where is the amplitude amplification factor. Thus the performance index can be simplified as:
Based on the residue theorem, Eq. (36) will be:
The performance index has a minimum value at a certain combination of and when the value of and is given. This condition is achieved when both the partial derivatives of with respect to and are zero. Considering the undamped primary system, one can get a pair of simultaneous equations after differentiation:
Eliminating for solving the functions, the equation about can be obtained:
The optimal equivalent tuning ratio can be obtained by solving Eq. (39):
Substituting into Eq. (38), the optimal equivalent damping ratio can be obtained as:
Replacing the parameters with the equivalent stiffness and the equivalent damping, one could get a pair of equations about and :
Solving the equations one can get the optimal fractional order and the fractional coefficient for optimization criterion:
That means, the fractional-order element could replace the linear spring and damper simultaneously in optimization criterion, and reduce the total energy of the primary system as traditional Voigt type DVA.
3. Numerical simulation and comparison
3.1. The comparison between the analytical and numerical solution
The numerical results are also presented to verify the precision of the analytical solution. Here the numerical formula presented in [17, 18] are adopted:
where is the sample points, is the sample step, is the binomial coefficient with the iterative relationship as:
The total computation time is selected as 400 s and the sample step is 0.001 s. The peak value of the later 50 s response is taken as the steady-state amplitude of the numerical results and the temporary response in frontal 350 s is omitted.
Based on the above optimized results, one could investigate the effect of the fractional-order parameters through the following four groups of parameters:
a) 0, .
b) 0, ,
c) 6000, ,
d) 6000, .
The other system parameters are selected as 1000, 100000, 0, 100, 1000000.
3.1.1. optimization criterion
According to Eq. (19) and Eq. (33), the analytical normalized amplitude-frequency curves of the primary system are plotted in Fig. 2 and denoted by the solid lines. The corresponding numerical results are also shown in Fig. 2, and denoted by the circles. From the figure it could be found that the two kinds of curves agree well, that means the approximately analytical solution is satisfactorily precise. Moreover, the similarity of those curves shows that all the analytical amplitudes remain almost the same no matter how the stiffness coefficient and damping coefficient changes. That means the fractional order and fractional coefficient can affect the dynamic system characteristics by affecting the equivalent stiffness and the equivalent damping coefficient. Even it could replace the linear spring and damper of DVA completely. This result is different from the traditional results where the fractional-order derivative was generally regarded as damping device only.
3.2. optimization criterion
Based on the aforementioned system parameters, the normalized amplitude-frequency curves are plotted in Fig. 3 according to the optimal and in Eq. (43). It could also be found that the analytical solutions agree very well with the numerical results in optimization case.
Fig. 2. The normalized frequency response curve based on optimization criterion
Fig. 3. The normalized frequency response curve based on optimization criterion
To study more realistic situation, 50 s random excitation are constructed, which is composed of 5000 random numbers with normal distribution. The excitation is normalized so that it is with mean value 0 and variance 1. The time history of the random excitation is shown in Fig. 4. When there is no fractional-order derivative in the Voigt type DVA, the time history of the primary system is given in Fig. 5. Here the optimum parameters are 8686 and 285, which are obtained according to reference . For comparison the time histories of the primary system with the fractional-order DVA for the above different system parameters are presented in Fig. 6 to Fig. 9. The variances of the primary system in the above five systems are summarized in Table 1.
Table 1. The variances of the displacement of the primary system
The integer-order DVA
The fractional-order DVA
Fig. 4. The time history of random excitation
From the Figs. 4-9 and Table 1 it could be concluded that the fractional-order DVA can not only reduce the peak displacement of the primary system ( optimization criterion), but also reduce the total energy of the primary system in the whole-frequency range ( optimization criterion).
Fig. 5. The time history of the primary system without fractional-order derivative (8686, 285)
Fig. 6. The time history of the primary system with fractional-order derivative (0, 0)
Fig. 7. The time history of the primary system with fractional-order derivative ( 0, 100)
Fig. 8. The time history of the primary system with fractional-order derivative ( 6000, 0)
Fig. 9. The time history of the primary system with fractional-order derivative ( 6000, 100)
3.3. The comparison with the Voigt type DVA
In order to verify the performance of the fractional-order DVA, the comparison between the fractional-order and the traditional integer-order Voigt type DVA is presented in this subsection.
The amplification factor of the integer-order Voigt type DVA is:
According to the reference , the optimal parameters of Voigt DVA for the optimization criterion is , , .
The comparison of the fractional-order and the traditional integer-order Voigt type DVA is shown in Fig. 10. The parameters and are all selected as 0 in the fractional-order DVA so as to find out the effect of fractional-order derivative on the system clearly.
Similarly, one can choose the following parameters according to the existing literature  for the optimization criterion , , .
Fig. 10. The comparison of the fractional-order and integer-order Voigt type DVA for optimization criterion
Fig. 11. The comparison of the fractional-order and integer-order Voigt type DVA for optimization criterion
To observe the effect of the fractional-order derivative, one can also select and to be zero. The comparison results are shown in Fig. 11. From Fig. 10 and Fig. 11, it could be found that in the two cases the amplitude-frequency curves of the fractional-order DVA agree well with those of the integer-order DVA, even when the linear stiffness and damping coefficients of the fractional-order DVA equal zero. That means the fractional-order derivative has a very good substitution for the stiffness and damping elements of DVA. The results also prove the correctness of the concept of equivalent stiffness and damping coefficients presented in references [29-31].
The optimization of the fractional-order DVA is studied in this paper, and the optimal fractional order and fractional coefficient are obtained for the and optimization criteria. The comparisons of the approximately analytical solutions with the numerical solutions certify the satisfactory precision of the approximately analytical solutions. The comparisons with the integer-order DVA show that the fractional-order derivative can almost replace the linear stiffness and linear damping element, which may make the dynamical system much simpler. As the fractional-order derivative can accurately model many viscoelastic materials for vibration control engineering, the linear spring and damping elements may be replaced by one fractional-order element. These results may be very useful to design or revise vibration control device in engineering. Of course, it is important to study the replacement in engineering practice, which may be the next study object.
The authors are grateful to the support by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11372198), the Cultivation Plan for Innovation Team and Leading Talent in Colleges and Universities of Hebei Province (LJRC018), the Program for Advanced Talent in the Universities of Hebei Province (GCC2014053), and the Program for Advanced Talent in Hebei Province (A201401001).
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