Exploring the performance of a nonlinear tuned mass damper

Nicholas A. Alexander, Frank Schilder

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    We explore the performance of a nonlinear tuned mass damper (NTMD), which is modeled as a two degree of freedom system with a cubic nonlinearity. This nonlinearity is physically derived from a geometric configuration of two pairs of springs. The springs in one pair rotate as they extend, which results in a hardening spring stiffness. The other pair provides a linear stiffness term. We perform an extensive numerical study of periodic responses of the NTMD using the numerical continuation software AUTO. In our search for optimal design parameters we mainly employ two techniques, the optimization of periodic solutions and parameter sweeps. During our investigation we discovered a family of detached resonance curves for vanishing linear spring stiffness, a feature that was missed in an earlier study. These detached resonance response curves seem to be a weakness of the NTMD when used as a passive device, because they essentially restore a main resonance peak. However, since this family is detached from the low-amplitude responses there is an opportunity for designing a semi-active device.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
    Issue number1-2
    Pages (from-to)445-462
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Nonlinear Tuned Mass Damper
    • earthquakes
    • AUTO


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