Published: 22 May 2018

Self-tuning vibration absorber and the effect of its installation position on damping characteristics

Huamin Wang1
Yijun Dong2
Rong Cai3
Yali Liu4
1, 2, 3, 4City College, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wu Han, 430083, China
Corresponding Author:
Huamin Wang
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Abstract

A kind of self-tuning vibration absorber is presented. The relationship between the installation position and the vibration damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber is established, the influence on the damping effect is discussed. Then, on the vibration test bed, the theoretical analysis results are tested and verified. The results show that, installation position of the self-tuning vibration absorber has a significant influence on its vibration damping effect. When installed near the source location, the self-tuning vibration absorber has a better vibration damping effect. It is should be avoided in the area of vibration deterioration.

1. Introduction

By transferring the vibration energy of the main system to the dynamic vibration absorber, ideal damping effect can be achieved when the natural frequency and the excitation frequency are the same [1, 2]. The self-tuning vibration absorber can turn natural frequency automatically to adjust to the frequency of the excitation source. It is always in the tuning state to adaptively vibration absorption. Which are often the most reliable engineering solution having many advantages such as wide tuning frequency band and stability. The existing research focuses on control methods and new materials [3-7].

While, the vibration equipment is often flexibly installed on the basis with vibration isolators and have multiple vibration modes. Which cause vibration coupling in different vibration modes [6]. The installation position has a significant effect on the damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber.

In this paper, a self-tuning vibration absorber is presented, and the relationship between the installation position and the vibration damping effect is established, and a series of useful conclusions are obtained. It can provide guidance and reference for the engineering application of self-tuning vibration absorber.

2. Self-tuning vibration absorber

The self-tuning vibration absorber presented here is shown in Fig. 1. Four rectangular springs form the articulated composite beam structure, and the span in the vertical direction can be modulated by the linear motor moving up and down, denoted as y.

For the composite beam structure, refers to XU, the natural frequency is:

1
f0=12πkem1=12πylk2m1.

3. Theoretical analysis of vibration damping characteristics

The damping system consisting of a self-tuning vibration absorber and a two degrees of freedom vibration damping object is shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 1Self-tuning vibration absorber

Self-tuning vibration absorber

Fig. 2Mechanical model of vibration damping system

Mechanical model of vibration damping system

Exciting force is Ft=ejωt, the position of exciting point is -l1, the installation position of self-tuning absorber l2 is variable. The motion equation of vibration damping system can be obtained according to the coordinate system set up in Fig. 2:

2
mx¨t+cx˙t+kxt=ft.

In which:

3
m=MmI, c=Cv+c-ccl2-cc-cl2cl2-cl2Ct+cl22,[k]=Kv+ke-kekel2-keke-kel2kel2-kel2Ct+kel22,{x(t)}=[X(t),x(t),θ(t)]T,{f(t)}=[Ft,0,-Ftl1]T.

Do the Fourier transform to Eq. (2):

4
k+jωc-ω2mX=F.

The impedance matrix of the vibration damping system is:

5
Zω=k+jωc-ω2m,

where:

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z11ω=-Mω2+Kv+ke+jωCv+c,z22ω=-mω2+ke+jωc=jωc,z33ω=-ω2I+Kt+kel22+jωCt+cl22,z21ω=z12ω=-ke-jωc,z31ω=z13ω=kel2+jωcl2,z32ω=z23ω=-kel2-jωcl2.

The solution for Eq. (4) is:

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{X(ω)}=[Zω]-1F,
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Xω=FDZz22z33-z23z32+z13z22-z12z23l1z23z31-z21z33+z11z23-z13z21l1z21z32-z22z31+z12z21-z11z22l1,

where:

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DZ=z11z22z33-z11z23z32-z12z21z33+z12z23z31+z13z21z32-z13z22z31.

The vibration energy of the vibration damping object E is:

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E=12ω2MXω|2+Iθω|2.

When the vibration absorber is not installed, the vibration energy of the vibration damping object Ewithout is:

11
Ewithout=12ω2(M|X(t)without|2+I|θt)without|2.

The damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber is:

12
Jl2=10lgEEwithout.

4. The effect of the installation position

The damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber J(l2) is a function of the installation position of the absorber l2 obtained by the Eq. (12). To simplify the analysis, ignore the damping of damping system, the natural frequency of the original vibration object in the vertical direction and roll direction are ωv and ωt:

13
λ=ω2, ν=ml22I, μ=mM,
14
DZ=MmIλ3ν+μ-λ2νωv2+μωt2.

The damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber is:

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J(l2)=10lg{1D(Z)2(l1-l2)2(ω2-ωv2)2(ω2-ωt2)2(Ml22+I)[Ml22(ω2-ωv2)+I(ω2-ωt2)]2[Ml12(ω2-ωv2)+I(ω2-ωt2)]2}

According to the Eq. (15), the function of the damping effect J(l2), the frequency of the exciting force f and the installation position of the self-tuning vibration absorber l2 can be obtained.

When:

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D(Z)2[Ml22(ω2-ωv2)+I(ω2-ωt2)]2[Ml12(ω2-ωv2)+I(ω2-ωt2)]2=0.

While ωvωt, only if D(Z)= 0, combined with Eq. (15):

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ν=μ(ωt2-λ)(λ-ωv2),

where ν0, λ>0, λ has real solutions between (ωv2,ωt2] (when ωv<ωt) or [ωt2,ωv2)(when ωv>ωt). That is, the frequency, at which the vibration of the vibration damping object is deteriorated, is between the natural frequencies ωv and ωt:

18
l2=±ω2I-Kt-ω2M+Kv.

In Eq. (19), the position that causes vibration deterioration is only related to the parameters of the damping object itself. This is its inherent property and has nothing to do with the parameters of the absorber. This is an inherent property that has nothing to do with the parameters of the absorber.

According to the Eq. (15), when the installation position of the self-tuning vibration absorber is the same as the position of the exciting force, that is, l2=l1, the damping effect is optimized.

When ωv<ωt, the relationship between the damping effect of the self-tuning vibration absorber and its installation position is shown in Fig. 3(a) is a three-dimensional graph, and Fig. 3(b) is a contour map.

In Fig. 3, There is an area of vibration deterioration Between the modal frequencies of ωv, ωt. When installed at the location of vibration source -l1, a better damping effect can be achieved. While, the same situation occurs in the case of ωv>ωt.

Therefore, self-tuning vibration absorber should be installed at the location of vibration source if possible. And the mentioned areas of vibration deterioration should be avoided.

Fig. 3damping effects of self-tuning vibration absorber under condition of ωv<ωt

damping effects of self-tuning vibration absorber under condition of ωv<ωt

a)

damping effects of self-tuning vibration absorber under condition of ωv<ωt

b)

5. Experimental research

A vibration damping test system is shown in Fig. 4 to verify the above analysis results.

The installation position of the absorber can be varied along the damping object. Four acceleration sensors are set on the damping object:

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Jd=10lgixi2ix^i2.

where x^i is the ith acceleration signal of the damping system without absorber, and xiith acceleration signal of the damping system with absorber. The damping effect of the absorber of different installation positions are shown as follows.

Fig. 4Multi-DOF Test Bench System: 1 – Signal collector, 2 – Computer, 3 – Signal generator, 4 – Self-tuning vibration absorber, 5 – Damping object, 6 – Acceleration sensor, 7 – Control box, 8 – Exciter, 9 – Power amplifier

Multi-DOF Test Bench System: 1 – Signal collector, 2 – Computer, 3 – Signal generator,  4 – Self-tuning vibration absorber, 5 – Damping object, 6 – Acceleration sensor, 7 – Control box,  8 – Exciter, 9 – Power amplifier

Fig. 5Damping effects of different installation location under 25Hz sinusoidal excitation

Damping effects of different installation location under 25Hz sinusoidal excitation

Fig. 6Damping effects of different installation location under 50Hz sinusoidal excitation

Damping effects of different installation location under 50Hz sinusoidal excitation

Table 1Damping effects of different installation location of self-tuning vibration absorber

–170 mm
0 mm
170 mm
25 Hz
14.8 dB
3.4 dB
2.7 dB
50 Hz
9.2 dB
2.9 dB
1.1 dB

According to Table 1, the damping effect can be 14.8 dB/9.2 dB at 25 Hz /50 Hz when installed at the source position. The damping effect is much better than that of other locations. Which validate the theoretical analysis results.

6. Conclusions

In this paper, a new kind of self-tuning dynamic absorber is presented. The relationship between the installation position and the vibration damping effect of the self - tuning vibration absorber is discussed theoretically and numerically. It shows that there has an area of vibration deterioration between the modal frequencies of the damping object. When installed at the location of vibration source, a better damping effect can be achieved.

On the multi-DOF test bench system, the theoretical analysis results are validated experimentally. The results show that the damping effect are 14.8 dB/9.2 dB at 25 Hz/50 Hz when installed at the source position. Which are much better than that of other locations.

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About this article

Received
12 April 2018
Accepted
23 April 2018
Published
22 May 2018
SUBJECTS
Vibration generation and control
Keywords
self-tuning vibration absorber
two degrees of freedom system
installation position
vibration damping characteristics