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Prepared by: Steven Hale, M.S.M.E S l S Senior Engineering Manager

Damping ANSYS/LS-Dyna allows Rayleigh damping constants α and β only only. Amount of damping mainly depends on the material. and frequency of vibration. Can be classified as: — Viscous damping • Damping ratio ξ • R l i h mass-weighted d Rayleigh i ht d damping constant α i t t — Hysteresis or solid damping • Rayleigh stiffness-weighted damping constant β 2 . velocity of motion. What is damping? The energy dissipation mechanism that causes vibrations to diminish over time and eventually stop.

0. Critical damping is defined as the threshold between oscillatory and non-oscillatory behavior. cc = 2mω 3 .Damping Most damping in an ANSYS dynamics analysis is approximated as some form of viscous damping: & F = Cx The proportionality constant c is called the damping constant. *For a single-DOF spring mass system of mass m and frequency ω. where damping ratio = 1. The amount of damping is usually described using a quantity called the damping ratio ξ (ratio of damping constant c to critical damping constant cc*).

and ξ is the damping ratio. Alpha is the viscous damping component. 4 . Needed in situations where damping ratio ξ cannot be specified. and Beta is the hysteresis or solid or stiffness damping component.Damping Rayleigh damping constants α and β — Used as multipliers of [M] and [K] to calculate [C]: [C] = α[M] + β[K] α/2ω + βω/2 = ξ • Where ω is the frequency.

Good for damping out low-frequency system-level oscillations (typically high amplitude). Dampi ing Ratio Frequency 5 . so pick the most dominant response frequency to calculate α. If beta damping is ignored.Damping Alpha Damping p p g Also known as mass damping. α can be calculated from a known value of ξ (damping ratio) and a known frequency ω: α = 2ξ 2ξω — Only one value of alpha is allowed.

Damping Beta Damping Also known as structural or stiffness damping. Damping Ra atio Frequency 6 . y p ) Inherent property of most materials. Good for damping out high-frequency component-level oscillations ( yp (typically low amplitude). β can be calculated from a known value of ξ (damping ratio) and a known frequency ω: β = 2ξ/ω — Pick the most dominant response frequency to calculate β. If alpha damping is ignored.

ξ = α/2ω1 + βω1/2 ξ = α/2ω2 + βω2/2 Dam mping Ratio Frequency 7 . This gives two simultaneous equations from which y g q you can solve for α and β.Damping To specify both α and β damping: Use the relation α/2ω + βω/2 = ξ Since there are two unknowns. assume that the sum of alpha and beta damping gives a constant damping ratio ξ over the frequency range ω1 to ω2.

ξ can be obtained from test data as follows ratio ξ. displacements apart 8 . Calculate the logarithmic decrement. as follows: δ = ln(x1/x2) X1 and X2 are two consecutive displacements.Damping The damping ratio. one cycle apart. δ.

Damping ξ= δ (2π ) + δ 2 2 9 .

Damping Example Cantilever beam with an impulse load applied to the tip 10 .

097 α = 2ξω = 93.614 ξ = 0.9 cycles/s = 483 rad/s 76 9 δ = ln(0.Damping Example Tip deflection: ω = 76.061/0.7 s-1 or β = 2ξ/ω = 0.0004 s 11 .033) = 0.

Damping Example Alpha damping — Same alpha damping applied to all parts • Preprocessor > Material Props > Damping • Set the part number to All parts and do not specify a curve ID 12 .

time and identify it in the damping input window.Damping Example Alpha damping — Time-varying alpha damping applied to a specific part • Create a curve ID for alpha damping vs. p • Utility Menu > Parameters > Array Parameters > Define/Edit • Dimension and fill the time and alpha vectors 13 .

Damping Example — Generate a curve that relates the alpha to time • Preprocessor > LS-Dyna Options > Loading Options > Curve Options > Add Curve — Assign the curve to the appropriate part • P Preprocessor > Material P M t i l Props > D Damping i 14 .

Damping Example Beta damping — Constant beta damping applied to a specific part • Preprocessor > Material Props > Damping • Use a specific part number and do not specify a curve ID 15 .

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