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# ME340 Cole Meyer

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Figure 1 Free response with Small inertia, Stiff spring, Light damping

Figure 2 Free response with Big inertia, Stiff spring, Light damping
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Figure 3 Free response with Big inertia, Stiff spring, Strong damping

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## Experiment Data Reduction Table

Approx.
System Theoretical Values Experimental Values
Parameter
c m k
Cas Ns/ N/ n rad/s
n -
e# m m
0.5 78 0.19312
1 8 37.65875 0.2242 35.82
5 0 2
2.5 78
2 8 0.08969 17.48949 0.1335 17.611
5 0
2.5 78 0.84084 overdam
3 75 17.48949 overdamped
5 0 1 ped

## From our experimental data, case 3 is in overdamped.

To calculate the theoretical damping ratio and natural frequency, following
equations are used:
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n=
k
m (1)

c
= (2)
2 km

In order to estimate damping ratio and natural frequency from our experimental
data, two consecutive extrema and two zeros are estimated using the graph. We
then use the following formulas to solve for the damping ratio and natural
frequency:

t 2 t 1= (3)
d

1 2 |d 1|
e = (4)
|d 2|

d
n= (5)
1 2
Where t1, t2 are two consecutive zeros of the curve and t2 is the larger one. And
d1, d2 are two consecutive extrema while d1 has larger magnitude.
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## Figure 5 zoom-in graph of Step Response of Mechanical Suspension System

From the graph, we found the rise time tr is equal to 0.115s, the peak time tp
is equal to 0.195 with the peak displacement of 0.927cm. And the steady state
displacement x ss is 0.5817cm. Then we solve the maximum relative overshoot
equation to find the damping ratio

x ( t ) x ss 1 2

x ss
=e =0.5936 (6)

Where x(t) is the peak displacement. And by solving this equation, we got
=0.164

time
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t p= (7)
d

## we got n=16.33 rad /s

5. To estimate the stiffness k from the steady-state displacement, hooks law can
be applied.

F
k= (8)
x ss

where F is the pulse amplitude given to the system and x is the steady state
displacement of mass.

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## Figure 6 Impulse Response of Mass-Spring-Damper Model

7. From the graph, the peak time tp is equal to 0.135 with the peak displacement

of 1.614cm. And the steady state displacement x ss is 0cm with a settling time,
t s , of 1.26 s . To find n , d needs to found by using the equation
related to peak time:

t p= (9)
2 d

## And we got d=11.64 rad /s

the damping ratio of the system, , can be calculated by solving the step
response equation with equation 5.
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d
(t )
nt
e (10)
h (t)= sin
d