Modeling of Linear Viscoelastic Space Structures

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D. J. McTavish, P. C. Hughes

University of Toronto, Institute of Aerospace Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3H 5T6

J. Vib. Acoust 115(1), 103-110 (Jan 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930302 History: Received September 01, 1991; Revised April 01, 1992; Online June 17, 2008


The GHM Method provides viscoelastic finite elements derived from the commonly used elastic finite elements. Moreover, these GHM elements are used directly and conveniently in second-order structural models jut like their elastic counterparts. The forms of the GHM element matrices preserve the definiteness properties usually associated with finite element matrices—namely, the mass matrix is positive definite, the stiffness matrix is nonnegative definite, and the damping matrix is positive semi-definite. In the Laplace domain, material properties are modeled phenomenologically as a sum of second-order rational functions dubbed mini-oscillator terms. Developed originally as a tool for the analysis of damping in large flexible space structures, the GHM method is applicable to any structure which incorporates viscoelastic materials.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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