Fluidic composite tunable vibration isolators

Lloyd H. Scarborough, Christopher D. Rahn, Edward C. Smith

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Coupling a fluidic flexible matrix composite (F 2 MC) to an air-pressurized fluid port produces a fundamentally new class of tunable vibration isolators. This Fluidlastic device provides significant vibration reduction at an isolation frequency that can be tuned over a broad frequency range. The material properties and geometry of the F 2 MC element, as well as the port inertance, determine the isolation frequency. A unique feature of this device is that the port inertance depends on pressure so the isolation frequency can be adjusted by changing the air pressure. For constant port inertance, the isolation frequency is largely independent of the isolated mass so the device is robust to changes in load. A nonlinear model is developed to predict isolator length and port inertance. The model is linearized and the frequency response calculated. Experiments agree with theory, demonstrating a tunable isolation range from 9 Hz to 36 Hz and transmitted force reductions of up to 60 dB at the isolation frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011010
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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