RESEARCH PAPERS: Vibration and Sound

The Damping of Structural Vibration by Controlled Interfacial Slip in Joints

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C. F. Beards

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London S. W. 7, England

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 105(3), 369-373 (Jul 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269115 History: Received June 05, 1981; Online November 23, 2009


The most significant source of damping inherent in a structure is that damping which occurs in the structural joints due to interfacial slip. Thus, particular emphasis should be put on controlling and increasing the damping which occurs in these joints if the dynamic response, stress, and noise of a structure are to be reduced. It is shown that an optimum joint clamping force exists for maximum energy dissipation due to slip, and that the resonance frequencies of structures can be controlled to some extent by adjusting the clamping and, hence, the slip, in joints. The application of joint damping to beam-like structures, plates, and frameworks is considered, and its effect on the vibration of these structures discussed.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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