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Volume 115, Issue 2, February 2004
- STRUCTURAL ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATION 
Transient energy exchange between a primary structure and a set of oscillators: Return time and apparent damping115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1642619View Description Hide Description
In this paper we examine the conditions that influence the return time, the time it takes before energy returns from a set of satellite oscillators attached to a primary structure. Two methods are presented to estimate the return time. One estimate is based on an analysis of the reaction force on a rigid base by a finite number of oscillators as compared with an infinite number of continuously distributed oscillators. The result gives a lower-bound estimate for the return time. A more accurate estimation results from considering the dynamic behavior of a set of oscillators as waves in a waveguide. Such an analogy explains energy flow between a primary structure and the oscillators in terms of pseudowaves and shows that a nonlinear frequency distribution of the oscillators leads to pseudodispersive waves. The resulting approximate expressions show the influence of the natural frequency distribution within the set of oscillators, and of their number, on the return time as compared with the asymptotic case of a continuous set with infinite oscillators. In the paper we also introduce a new method based on a Hilbert envelope to estimate the apparent damping loss factor of the primary structure during the return time considering transient energy flow from the primary structure before any energy reflects back from the attached oscillators. The expressions developed for return time and damping factor show close agreement with direct numerical simulations. The paper concludes with a discussion of the return time and its relation to apparent damping and optimum frequency distribution within a set of oscillators that maximize these quantities.
Experimental validation of a nonparametric probabilistic model of nonhomogeneous uncertainties for dynamical systems115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1639335View Description Hide Description
The paper deals with an experimental validation of a nonparametric probabilistic model of nonhomogeneous uncertainties for dynamical systems. The theory used, recently introduced, allows model uncertainties and data uncertainties to be simultaneously taken into account. An experiment devoted to this validation was specifically developed. The experimental model is constituted of two simple dural rectangular plates connected together with a complex joint. In the mean mechanical model, the complex joint, which is constituted of two additional plates attached with 40 screw-bolts, is modeled by a homogeneous orthotropic continuous plate with constant thickness, as usual. Consequently, the mean model introduces a region (the joint) which has a high level of uncertainties. The objective of the paper is to present the experiment and the comparisons of the theoretical prediction with the experiments.
115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1642621View Description Hide Description
In the statistical energy analysis (SEA) of high frequency noise and vibration, a complex engineering structure is represented as an assembly of subsystems. The response of the system to external excitation is expressed in terms of the vibrational energy of each subsystem, and these energies are found by employing the principle of power balance. Strictly the computed energy is an average taken over an ensemble of random structures, and for many years there has been interest in extending the SEA prediction to the variance of the energy. A variance prediction method for a general built-up structure is presented here. Closed form expressions for the variance are obtained in terms of the standard SEA parameters and an additional set of parameters that describe the nature of the power input to each subsystem k, and that describe the nature of the coupling between subsystems k and s. The theory is validated by comparison with Monte Carlo simulations of plate networks and structural-acoustic systems.