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Experimental study and numerical modeling of nonlinear dynamic response of SDOF system equipped with tuned mass damper inerter (TMDI) tested on shaking table under harmonic excitation

Pietrosanti, D., De Angelis, M. & Giaralis, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2952-1171 (2020). Experimental study and numerical modeling of nonlinear dynamic response of SDOF system equipped with tuned mass damper inerter (TMDI) tested on shaking table under harmonic excitation. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 184, article number 105762. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2020.105762


This paper considers a novel shaking table testing campaign to assess the tuned mass-damper-inerter (TMDI) vibrations suppression attributes in harmonically excited structures under the combined effect of nonlinear structural response and nonlinear inerter device behavior deviating from the ideal linear inerter element developing acceleration-dependent force proportional to the inertance constant. Physical specimens of TMDI-equipped single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) structure are considered featuring a custom-built rack-and-pinion flywheel inerter device with nonlinear behavior due to friction and backlash effects to connect the TMDI secondary mass to the ground. Damping and elastic properties are endowed to the SDOF structure and to the TMDI via high damping rubber bearings (HDRBs) exhibiting softening nonlinear elastic behaviour. Comprehensive experimental data in time and frequency domains are presented for 9 specimens with different sets of secondary mass and inertance subject to sine-sweep excitations for three different amplitudes. The data demonstrate that the main practical advantage of the TMDI established in the literature for linear structures and ideal inerter elements (i.e., improved vibration suppression through increasing inertance without increasing secondary mass leading to lightweight vibration absorbers) is maintained for nonlinear structures and inerter devices. Moreover, a comparison of experimental data with data derived from two different nonlinear parametric numerical models capturing faithfully the HDRBs response, one using a nonlinear mechanical model to represent the inerter device and the other using an ideal linear inerter element instead, demonstrate that displacement, acceleration and base shear response of the SDOF structure is insignificantly influenced by the nonlinear attributes of the inerter device. This outcome paves the way for developing simplified, thus practically meritorious, optimal TMDI tuning approaches adopting the ideal inerter element assumption to model physical inerter devices.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Inerter, Tuned Mass Damper Inerter, Shaking table testing, Experimental parametric analysis, Experimental and numerical nonlinear dynamic response, High damping rubber bearings
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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