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A Contribution to the Modal Identification of the Damping Factor based on the Dissipated Energy

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  • Diogo Montalvão
  • J. M. M. Silva
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURODYN 2014
Subtitle of host publicationIX Int Conf on Structural Dynamics
EditorsA. Cunha, E. Caetano, P. Ribeiro, G. Muller
PublisherEuropean Association for Structural Dynamics (EASD)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-972-752-165-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventEURODYN 2014 - 9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics - Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 30 Jun 20142 Jul 2014


ConferenceEURODYN 2014 - 9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics


ABSTRACT: The identification of the modal parameters from frequency response functions is a subject that is not new. However, the starting point often comes from the equations that govern the dynamic motion. In this paper, a novel approach is shown, resulting from an analysis that starts on the dissipated energy per cycle of vibration. For lightly damped systems with conveniently spaced modes, it produced quite accurate results in comparison to the direct application of the method of the inverse, both in the numerical and in the experimental examples. It also is a simple technique that can be used to produce quick estimates of the modal damping factors. Furthermore, this is also a contribution to further developments on modal analysis and identification methods as, up to today, the developed technique has not yet been proposed.

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