Determining isolator damping for minimized response from impulse: A theoretical approach

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


Several recent product developments for vibration and motion control have needed passive viscous damping, in addition to traditional elastomer-based hysteretic damping, to be successful in their respective applications. In addition to attenuating steady-state vibration, an important function of these recent product developments is to control motion from impulsive or mechanical shock input. Examples are the cab mounts of off-highway vehicles that need damping in the vertical direction to control cab motion from ground input through the vehicle and some torsionally flexible couplings that need damping to control torque spikes from shift shocks or other transient events. In this work, the theoretical damped impulse response quantities of displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, jerk, yank, and jounce are investigated. This work shows that, for certain response quantities, there is a specific magnitude of damping that minimizes response from impulsive or mechanical shock input. Further, this work shows that the specific magnitude of damping to minimize response depends upon the quantity considered. This work also shows that the magnitudes of damping needed to minimize response from impulsive or mechanical shock input are higher than what is readily attainable with the hysteretic damping of elastomeric products, substantiating the need to add passive viscous damping in recent elastomeric product developments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
EventSAE 2011 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, COMVEC 2011 - Rosemont, IL, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2011Sep 14 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Determining isolator damping for minimized response from impulse: A theoretical approach'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this