Coupling of structures using frequency response functions

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In the field of structural dynamics is common to predict the behaviour of a structure regarding structural modifications. In this context, the frequency based substructuring method is well-known to perform structural modifications based on the coupling of structures. This process gives the possibility to perform the study of a structure at the level of its components and then assess the response of the coupled system. In practice, it is impossible to attain an experimental complete response model, although one can simulate all the responses of a structure using numerical models. Hence, the substructuring process can be enhanced by the combined use of experimental and numerical responses, as it was demonstrated using numerically obtained frequency response functions. This work presents the enhancement of the frequency based substructuring method using a method to expand experimental frequency response functions over the entire set of degrees of freedom in a finite element model. This expansion process, known as modified Kidder's method, considers that if one can only measure translations due to exciting force, it is possible to obtain the complete response model, including the rotational frequency response functions due to exciting moments. The combined use of the frequency based substructuring and the modified Kidder's methods has several advantages, as it avoids modal identification or residual compensation. To evaluate the performance of the proposed procedure a numerical example of a beam structure is presented, and its results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06005
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018
Event14th International Conference on Vibration Engineering and Technology of Machinery, VETOMAC 2018 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 Sep 201813 Sep 2018

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