Finite elements for dynamic modeling of uniaxial rods with frequency-dependent material properties

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New developments in a method of modeling frcquency-depedent material damping and modulus in structural dynamics analysis are reported. The fundamental feature of the general method is the introduction of augmenting thermodynamic fields (ATF) to interact with the mechanical displacement field of continuum mechanics. These ATF are directly motivated by the "internal state variables" of materials science. The coupled partial differential equations which govern the dynamic behavior of a uniaxial rod are numerically solved within the computational framework of the finite element method, resulting in "ATF-damped" finite elements. Previous work in the development of this modeling technique is characterised by the use of a single augmenting field, with application to lightly-damped rods, bourns and truss structures. New developments include : (1) demonstration of the ability to model the behavior of high-damping materials; and (2) the use of multiple augmenting fields to model materials whose behavior departs significantly from that of standard anelastic solids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1567-1579
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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