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3 April 2012 Characterization of damping in microfibrous material
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MEMS gyroscopes are used in many applications including harsh environments such as high-power, high-frequency acoustic noise. If the latter is at the natural frequency of the gyroscope, the proof mass will be overexcited giving rise to a corrupted gyroscope output. To mitigate the effect of the high-power, high-frequency acoustic noise, it is proposed to use nickel microfibrous sheets as an acoustic damper. For this purpose, the characterization of vibration damping in Nickel microfibrous sheets was examined in the present research effort. The sheets were made from nickel fibers with cellulose as a binding agent using a wet-lay papermaking technique. Sintering was done at 1000 °C to remove all the cellulose giving rise to a porous material. Square sheets of 20 cm were made from three diameters of nickel fibers namely 4, 8, and 12 microns. The sheets were cut into smaller pieces to fit the requirements of a fixture specially designed for this study. The fixture was attached to a LDS V408 shaker with a mass resting on a stack of the microfibrous sheets to simulate transmitted vibration by base motion with the sheet stack acting as a damper. A series of experiments was conducted using these 3 fiber diameters, different number of layers of microfibrous sheets and varying the vibration amplitude. From the collected vibration data, the stiffness and damping ratio of the microfibrous material was characterized.
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Pregassen Soobramaney, George T. Flowers, and Robert N. Dean "Characterization of damping in microfibrous material", Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83452W (3 April 2012);

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