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1 May 1994 Finite element model for active constrained-layer damping
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Constrained layer damping has been used for many years to increase the damping in engineering structures. Several researchers have suggested the concept of using viscoelastic materials with piezoceramics as the constraining layer. Since the piezoceramics are active materials, this concept can be referred to as active constrained layer damping. The paper presents a finite element model for a sandwich beam consisting of a host layer, a viscoelastic layer, and a piezoelectric layer. Lesieutre's method (Augmenting Thermodynamic Fields) for modeling damping was modified and applied to active constrained layer damping. Previous work on active constrained layer material has used the loss factor approach to modeling the viscoelastic layer. Such approaches are limited to steady state considerations, while the approach taken here is suitable for transient disturbances. Active damping and passive damping are individually of interest, however, here we propose to combine these two types of damping to produce an active constrained layer system with the best of both technologies.
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William C. Van Nostrand, Gareth J. Knowles, and Daniel J. Inman "Finite element model for active constrained-layer damping", Proc. SPIE 2193, Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Passive Damping, (1 May 1994);

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