Vibration of Tensioned Beams with Intermediate Damper. II: Damper Near a Support

Analytical solutions are used to investigate free vibrations of tensioned beams with a viscous damper attached transversely near a support. This problem is of particular relevance for stay-cable vibration suppression, but no restrictions on the level of axial load are introduced, and the results are quite broadly applicable. Characteristic equations for both clamped and pinned supports are rearranged into forms suitable for numerical solution by fixed-point iteration, whereby the complex eigenfrequencies and corresponding damping ratios can be accurately computed within a few iterations. Explicit asymptotic approximations for the complex eigenfrequencies are also obtained, subject to restrictions on closeness of the eigenfrequencies to their undamped values. The asymptotic approximations are expressed in the same “universal” form identified in prior studies. It is observed that maximum attainable modal damping ratios and the corresponding optimal values of the damper coefficient can be significantly affected by bending stiffness and the nature of the support conditions, and a nondimensional parameter grouping is identified that enables an assessment of when bending stiffness should be considered.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Main, Joseph A
    • Jones, Nicholas P
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


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  • Accession Number: 01046966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2007 8:04PM