Four optimization strategies were used to improve the average vibration isolation between the base and the end of a 10-m long two-dimensional (2D) cantilever truss structure. These were combinations of optimizing the structure geometry and the application of active vibration control (AVC) with optimal actuator positions. A power distribution analysis to investigate the mechanisms by which each strategy achieves reductions in the vibration transmission is reported. The trade-off is also explored between the freedom allowed in the size of the geometric changes and the number of actuators used in an AVC system to achieve a given level of vibration attenuation
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