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BASICS OF MILES’ EQUATION. • THE FOLLOWING EQUATION IS ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN W. MILES.

GRMS =

Where:

π f nQ [ ASDinput ] 2

f n = natural frequency 1 Q= = transmissibility at f n (ζ is the critical damping ratio) 2ζ g2 ASDinput = input Acceleration Spectral Density at f n in Hz

In 1954, Miles developed his version of this equation for GRMS (root mean square acceleration) as he was researching fatigue failure of aircraft structural components caused by jet engine vibration and gust loading. Miles simplified his research by modeling a system using one degree of freedom only. He also applied statistical advances that had been made at the time. While his goal was to analyze the stress of a component, the equation can be rearranged and used to determine, among others, displacement, force, and, in our case, acceleration. • SINGLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM SYSTEM – Miles’ Equation is derived using a single degree of freedom (SDOF) system (lightly damped), consisting of a mass, spring and damper, that is excited by a constant-level “white noise” random vibration input from 0 Hz to infinity. Miles’ Equation is thus technically applicable only to a SDOF system.

F k c

y m

This figure shows a typical representation of a SDOF oscillator. The mass (m) is attached to the spring (stiffness k) and the damper (damping c). The system is forced by the random vibration function (F) in the y-direction only. •

Miles' Equation (SDOF Response, Fn=200 Hz, Q=20)

100

10

SDOF SYSTEM RESPONSE PLOT – The plot shows the input and response of a SDOF system. Miles’ Equation calculates the square root of the area under the response curve, providing us with the well known GRMS value. RESPONSE PARAMETERS – Miles’ Equation can also be used to predict other response parameters such as stress or displacement. For example, the displacement equation for YRMS is given here.

1

•

ASD (G2/Hz)

0.1

0.01 White Noise Input SDOF Response 0.001

YRMS =

0.1 1 10 Frequency (Hz) 100 1000 10000

Q [ ASDinput ] 32π 3 ( f n )

3

0.0001

Q=20) 100 • • 10 1 ASD (G2/Hz) 0.8 Grms) 0. Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences.7 Grms) Miles' Assumption (31. Keep in mind. • MILES’ EQUATION PITFALLS • MILES’ EQUATION DOES NOT WORK IN REVERSE – Accelerations cannot be determined during random vibration testing using Miles’ Equation. Inc. Miles. a part designed to 3σ equivalent static loads will survive a random vibration test.01 Input Spectrum (25. This demonstrates that Miles’ Equation is best used when the input ASD is flat or nearly so. Miles’ Equation cannot be used to predict the failure of a part designed to less than 3σ levels. Vibration Analysis for Electronic Equipment. Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch. then Mile’s Equation may significantly underpredict the GRMS response. if enough analysis has been performed to determine the part has a predominant resonant frequency. Sarafin (editor). SCOTT GORDON. This will indicate how much of the overall RMS acceleration is occurring at a resonant peak of interest compared to the complete frequency spectrum. On Structural Fatigue Under Random Loading. pg. Steinberg. then Miles’ Equation can be used to estimate the loads due to random vibration.USES OF MILES’ EQUATION • DESIGN – During the design of a part. It simply provides a statistical calculation of the peak load for a SDOF system.1 0.001 0. TESTING – Accelerations due to random vibration at resonant frequencies in a multiple degree of freedom system can be approximated using Miles’ Equation. Dave S.0001 1 10 100 Frequency (Hz) 1000 10000 REFERENCES: • • • John W. but that’s about it. 753. If Miles’ Equation is used to calculate the GRMS response to a shaped input spectrum. this is conservative. Torrance. 1995 PREPARED BY: RYAN SIMMONS. An upper bound on loads can be calculated using the 3σ value. equivalent static load. New York Thomas P. If the shaped input spectrum has high ASD levels below the resonant frequency. However.8 GRMS while the actual SDOF response is much greater at 39. The actual loading on a multiple DOF system due to random input depends on the response of multiple modes.4 Grms) SDOF Response (39. Just calculate the GRMS value and multiply it by 3. 1954. MILES’ EQUATION DOES NOT GIVE AN EQUIVALENT STATIC LOAD – Calculating the GRMS value at a resonant peak after a random vibration test and multiplying it by the test article mass does not mean that the test article was subjected to that same.7 GRMS. Miles' Equation vs SDOF Response for Shaped Spectrum (Fn=200. Note that the Miles’ assumption has a response of 31. November. That’s the “three sigma” load. the result will not accurately reflect the rigid body response below the resonant frequency. May 2001 . Wiley-Interscience.. the mode shapes and the amount of effective mass participating in each mode. The following plot shows this condition. Static testing must still be done. CA. MILES’ EQUATION MAY NOT BE CONSERVATIVE FOR A SHAPED INPUT SPECTRUM – Miles’ Equation is based on the response of a SDOF system subjected to a flat random input. In other words. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Microcosm. BOB COLADONATO.

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