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A shape memory alloy adaptive tuned vibration absorber: design and implementation

By E. Rustighi, M.J. Brennan and B.R. Mace


In this paper a tuned vibration absorber (TVA) is realized using shape memory alloy (SMA) elements. The elastic modulus of SMA changes with temperature and this effect is exploited to develop a continuously tunable device.<br/>A TVA with beam elements is described, a simple two-degree-of-freedom model developed and the TVA characterized experimentally. The behaviour during continuous heating and cooling is examined and the TVA is seen to be continuously tunable. A change in the tuned frequency of 21.4% is observed between the cold, martensite, and hot, austenite, states. This corresponds to a change in the elastic modulus of about 47.5%, somewhat less than expected.<br/>The response time of the SMA TVA is long because of its thermal inertia. However, it is mechanically simple and has a reasonably good performance, despite the tuning parameters depending on the current in a strongly nonlinear way

Topics: TN, TA
Year: 2005
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Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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