Dynamic responses of a damaged double Euler-Bernoulli beam traversed by a ‘phantom’ vehicle

Struct Control Health Monit. 2022 May;29(5):e2933. doi: 10.1002/stc.2933. Epub 2022 Feb 10.


In this paper, the dynamic response of a damaged double-beam system traversed by a moving load is studied, including passive control using multiple tuned mass dampers. The double-beam system is composed of two homogeneous isotropic Euler-Bernoulli beams connected by a viscoelastic layer. The damaged upper beam is simulated using a double-sided open crack replaced by an equivalent rotational spring between two beam segments, and the lower primary beam is subjected to a moving load. The load is represented by a moving Dirac delta function and by a quarter car model, respectively. Road surface roughness (RSR) is classified as per ISO 8606:1995(E). The effect of vehicle speed of the moving oscillator and variable RSR profiles on the dynamics of this damaged double Euler-Bernoulli beam system for different crack-depth ratios (CDRs) at various crack locations is studied. It is observed that coupling of two beams leads to a vehicular effect on the damaged beam, even when no vehicle on it is present. The effects of single and multiple tuned mass dampers to control the vibrational responses of the primary beam due to damage on the secondary beam is studied next. The performance of tuned mass dampers to reduce the transverse vibrations of the damaged double-beam system and of the quarter car is investigated. The paper links the coupling between the two levels of double beam with the inertial coupling of the vehicle to the double-beam system.

PMID:35864846 | PMC:PMC9287083 | DOI:10.1002/stc.2933


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