Contact parameter identification for vibrational response variability prediction

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Variability in the dynamic response of assembled structures can arise due to variations in the contact conditions between the parts that conform them. Contact conditions are difficult to model accurately due to randomness in physical properties such as contact surface, load distribution or geometric details. Those properties can vary for a given structure due to the assembly and disassembly process, and also across nominally equal items that are produced in series. This work focuses on modeling the contact between small light-weight plastic pieces such as those used in the hearing aid industry, where the vibrational behavior of the structures within the hearing frequency range is critical for the performance of the devices. A procedure to localize the most probable contact areas and determine the most sensitive contact points with respect to variations in the modes of vibration of the assembled plastic parts is presented. The procedure uses a gradient-based optimization strategy that updates the stiffness constants of a number of contact spring elements to match experimental data. By identifying the contact parameters for several sets of experimental data measured under varying contact conditions, the variability of the contact parameters can be characterized.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Acoustics
Pages (from-to)291–305
Publication statusPublished - 2018
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    Research areas

  • Contact modeling, Model updating, Vibrations, Structural acoustics, Linear modeling

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