Energy flow and performance evaluation of inerter-based vibration isolators mounted on finite and infinite flexible foundation structures

Zhuang Dong, Jian Yang, Chendi Zhu, Dimitrios Chronopoulos, Tianyun Li

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Abstract

This study investigates the vibration power flow behavior and performance of inerter-based vibration isolators mounted on finite and infinite flexible beam structures. Two configurations of vibration isolators with spring, damper, and inerter as well as different rigidities of finite and infinite foundation structures are considered. Both the time-averaged power flow transmission and the force transmissibility are studied and used as indices to evaluate the isolation performance. Comparisons are made between the two proposed configurations of inerter-based isolators and the conventional spring-damper isolators to show potential performance benefits of including inerter for effective vibration isolation. It is shown that by configuring the inerter, spring, and damper in parallel in the isolator, anti-peaks are introduced in the time-averaged transmitted power and force transmissibility at specific frequencies such that the vibration transmission to the foundation can be greatly suppressed. When the inerter is connected in series with a spring-damper unit and then in-parallel with a spring, considerable improvement in vibration isolation can be achieved near the original peak frequency while maintaining good high-frequency isolation performance. The study provides better understanding of the effects of adding inerters to vibration isolators mounted on a flexible foundation, and benefits enhanced designs of inerter-based vibration suppression systems.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Mechanical Engineering
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Vibration isolator
  • force transmissibility
  • inerter
  • power flow
  • vibration transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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