Dynamics and power flow behaviour of a nonlinear vibration isolation system with a negative stiffness mechanism

J. Yang, Y. P. Xiong, J. T. Xing

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Abstract

The dynamics and power flow behaviour of a nonlinear vibration isolation system with a negative stiffness mechanism (NSM) are studied. The mathematical equations governing the nonlinear dynamics of the system are derived. The averaging method is used to obtain the frequency response function of the system subject to harmonic excitations. It is found that adding NSM can greatly enlarge the frequency band for effective vibration isolation. Numerical simulations reveal that sub-harmonic resonance may occur even when the excitation frequency is well above the natural frequency of the linearized system. As the effects of sub-harmonic response cannot be reflected by the averaging formulations, numerical integrations are used to obtain the dynamic responses including sub-harmonic and other frequency components. Furthermore, power low characteristics of this nonlinear isolation system are examined for a better assessment of the isolation performance. The results show that the occurrences of sub-harmonic resonance may considerably increase both the time-averaged input power and the maximum kinetic energy. Compared with linear systems, the power lows of the nonlinear system might be non-unique and sensitive to the initial conditions. Some suggestions on restricting the maximum delection and suppressing sub-harmonic resonances are provided for effective designs of nonlinear isolation systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Volume332
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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