Shock and Vibration http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Force Magnitude Reconstruction Using the Force Transmissibility Concept Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/905912/ This paper proposes the reconstruction of forces, based on the direct and inverse problems of transmissibility in multiple degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. The objective and novelty are to use the force transmissibility to calculate reactions given the applied loads (and vice versa). This method, relating two sets of forces, proves to be an alternative to the common inverse problem based on the measurement of FRFs and operational accelerations to determine operational forces, as it can be advantageous in some cases. This implies the a priori knowledge of the transmissibility of the structure, either experimentally or numerically. In this study a finite element model is built, describing with enough accuracy the dynamic behavior of the structure. The numerical model will play a key role in the construction of the transmissibility matrix; this will be used to evaluate either the reaction or the applied forces, using experimental data. This constitutes a hybrid methodology, which is validated experimentally. The authors present several comparisons between reconstructed and experimentally measured sets of forces. It is shown that the proposed method is able to produce good results in the reconstruction of the forces, underlining its potential for other structures and possible applications. Y. E. Lage, N. M. M. Maia, and M. M. Neves Copyright © 2014 Y. E. Lage et al. All rights reserved. Stochastic Principal Parametric Resonances of Composite Laminated Beams Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:35:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/617828/ This paper presents a detailed study on the stochastic stability, jump, and bifurcation of the motion of the composite laminated beams subject to axial load. The largest Lyapunov exponent which determines the almost sure stability of the trivial solution is quantificationally resolved and the results show that the increase of the bandwidth facilitates the almost sure stability of the trivial response. The stochastic jump and bifurcation of the response are numerically calculated through the stationary joint probability and the results reveal that (a) the higher the excitation frequency is, the more probable the jump from the stable stationary nontrivial solution to the stable stationary trivial one is; (b) the most probable motion is around the nontrivial solution when the bandwidth is smaller; (c) the outer flabellate peak decreases, while the central volcano peak increases as the value of the excitation load decreases; and (d) the overall tendency of the response is that the probable motion jumps from the stable stationary nontrivial branch to the stable stationary trivial one as the fiber orientation angle of the first lamina with respect to the -axis of the beam increases from zero to a smaller angle. Xiangjun Lan, Zhihua Feng, and Fan Lv Copyright © 2014 Xiangjun Lan et al. All rights reserved. Review of Response and Damage of Linear and Nonlinear Systems under Multiaxial Vibration Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/294271/ A review of past and recent developments in multiaxial excitation of linear and nonlinear structures is presented. The objective is to review some of the basic approaches used in the analytical and experimental methods for kinematic and dynamic analysis of flexible mechanical systems, and to identify future directions in this research area. In addition, comparison between uniaxial and multiaxial excitations and their impact on a structure’s life-cycles is provided. The importance of understanding failure mechanisms in complex structures has led to the development of a vast range of theoretical, numerical, and experimental techniques to address complex dynamical effects. Therefore, it is imperative to identify the failure mechanisms of structures through experimental and virtual failure assessment based on correctly identified dynamic loads. For that reason, techniques for mapping the dynamic loads to fatigue were provided. Future research areas in structural dynamics due to multiaxial excitation are identified as (i) effect of dynamic couplings, (ii) modal interaction, (iii) modal identification and experimental methods for flexible structures, and (iv) computational models for large deformation in response to multiaxial excitation. Ed Habtour, William (Skip) Connon, Michael F. Pohland, Samuel C. Stanton, Mark Paulus, and Abhijit Dasgupta Copyright © 2014 Ed Habtour et al. All rights reserved. Numerical Study of the Active Tendon Control of a Cable-Stayed Bridge in a Construction Phase Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:42:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/937541/ This paper investigates numerically the active tendon control of a cable-stayed bridge in a construction phase. A linear Finite Element model of small scale mock-up of the bridge is first presented. Active damping is added to the structure by using pairs of collocated force actuator-displacement sensors located on each active cable and decentralized first order positive position feedback (PPF) or direct velocity feedback (DVF). A comparison between these two compensators showed that each one has good performance for some modes and performs inadequately with the other modes. A decentralized parallel PPF-DVF is proposed to get the better of the two compensators. The proposed strategy is then compared to the one using decentralized integral force feedback (IFF) and showed better performance. The Finite Element model of the bridge is coupled with a nonlinear cable taking into account sag effect, general support movements, and quadratic and cubic nonlinear couplings between in-plane and out-of-plane motions. Finally, the proposed strategy is used to control both deck and cable vibrations induced by parametric excitation. Both cable and deck vibrations are attractively damped. M. H. El Ouni and N. Ben Kahla Copyright © 2014 M. H. El Ouni and N. Ben Kahla. All rights reserved. Denoising of Mechanical Vibration Signals Using Quantum-Inspired Adaptive Wavelet Shrinkage Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:35:54 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/848097/ The potential application of a quantum-inspired adaptive wavelet shrinkage (QAWS) technique to mechanical vibration signals with a focus on noise reduction is studied in this paper. This quantum-inspired shrinkage algorithm combines three elements: an adaptive non-Gaussian statistical model of dual-tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT) coefficients proposed to improve practicability of prior information, the quantum superposition introduced to describe the interscale dependencies of DTCWT coefficients, and the quantum-inspired probability of noise defined to shrink wavelet coefficients in a Bayesian framework. By combining all these elements, this signal processing scheme incorporating the DTCWT with quantum theory can both reduce noise and preserve signal details. A practical vibration signal measured from a power-shift steering transmission is utilized to evaluate the denoising ability of QAWS. Application results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. Moreover, it achieves better performance than hard and soft thresholding. Yan-long Chen, Pei-lin Zhang, Bing Li, and Ding-hai Wu Copyright © 2014 Yan-long Chen et al. All rights reserved. Confinement of Vibrations in Variable-Geometry Nonlinear Flexible Beam Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:15:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/687340/ In this paper, we propose a novel strategy for controlling a flexible nonlinear beam with the confinement of vibrations. We focus principally on design issues related to the passive control of the beam by proper selection of its geometrical and physical parameters. Due to large deflections within the regions where the vibrations are to be confined, we admit a nonlinear model that describes with precision the beam dynamics. In order to design a set of physical and geometrical parameters of the beam, we first formulate an inverse eigenvalue problem. To this end, we linearize the beam model and determine the linearly assumed modes that guarantee vibration confinement in selected spatial zones and satisfy the boundary conditions of the beam to be controlled. The approximation of the physical and geometrical parameters is based on the orthogonality of the assumed linear mode shapes. To validate the strategy, we input the resulting parameters into the nonlinear integral-partial differential equation that describes the beam dynamics. The nonlinear frequency response curves of the beam are approximated using the differential quadrature method and the finite difference method. We confirm that using the linear model, the strategy of vibration confinement remains valid for the nonlinear beam. W. Gafsi, F. Najar, S. Choura, and S. El-Borgi Copyright © 2014 W. Gafsi et al. All rights reserved. Fault Diagnosis of Rotating Machinery Based on Multisensor Information Fusion Using SVM and Time-Domain Features Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/418178/ Multisensor information fusion, when applied to fault diagnosis, the time-space scope, and the quantity of information are expanded compared to what could be acquired by a single sensor, so the diagnostic object can be described more comprehensively. This paper presents a methodology of fault diagnosis in rotating machinery using multisensor information fusion that all the features are calculated using vibration data in time domain to constitute fusional vector and the support vector machine (SVM) is used for classification. The effectiveness of the presented methodology is tested by three case studies: diagnostic of faulty gear, rolling bearing, and identification of rotor crack. For each case study, the sensibilities of the features are analyzed. The results indicate that the peak factor is the most sensitive feature in the twelve time-domain features for identifying gear defect, and the mean, amplitude square, root mean square, root amplitude, and standard deviation are all sensitive for identifying gear, rolling bearing, and rotor crack defect comparatively. Ling-li Jiang, Hua-kui Yin, Xue-jun Li, and Si-wen Tang Copyright © 2014 Ling-li Jiang et al. All rights reserved. LQR Control of Wind Excited Benchmark Building Using Variable Stiffness Tuned Mass Damper Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/156523/ LQR control of wind induced motion of a benchmark building is considered. The building is fitted with a semiactive variable stiffness tuned mass damper adapted from the literature. The nominal stiffness of the device corresponds to the fundamental frequency of the building and is included in the system matrix. This results in a linear time-invariant system, for which the desired control force is computed using LQR control. The control force thus computed is then realized by varying the device stiffness around its nominal value by using a simple control law. A nonlinear static analysis is performed in order to establish the range of linearity, in terms of the device (configuration) angle, for which the control law is valid. Results are obtained for the cases of zero and nonzero structural stiffness variation. The performance criteria evaluated show that the present method provides displacement control that is comparable with that of two existing controllers. The acceleration control, while not as good as that obtained with the existing active controller, is comparable or better than that obtained with the existing semiactive controller. By using substantially less power as well as control force, the present control yields comparable displacement control and reasonable acceleration control. S. N. Deshmukh and N. K. Chandiramani Copyright © 2014 S. N. Deshmukh and N. K. Chandiramani. All rights reserved. Damage Identification of Wind Turbine Blades Using Piezoelectric Transducers Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:14:08 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/430854/ This paper presents the experimental results of active-sensing structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques, which utilize piezoelectric transducers as sensors and actuators, for determining the structural integrity of wind turbine blades. Specifically, Lamb wave propagations and frequency response functions at high frequency ranges are used to estimate the condition of wind turbine blades. For experiments, a 1 m section of a CX-100 blade is used. The goal of this study is to assess and compare the performance of each method in identifying incipient damage with a consideration given to field deployability. Overall, these methods yielded a sufficient damage detection capability to warrant further investigation. This paper also summarizes the SHM results of a full-scale fatigue test of a 9 m CX-100 blade using piezoelectric active sensors. This paper outlines considerations needed to design such SHM systems, experimental procedures and results, and additional issues that can be used as guidelines for future investigations. Seong-Won Choi, Kevin M. Farinholt, Stuart G. Taylor, Abraham Light-Marquez, and Gyuhae Park Copyright © 2014 Seong-Won Choi et al. All rights reserved. Analysis of Vertical-Horizontal Coupling Vibration Characteristics of Rolling Mill Rolls Based on Strip Dynamic Deformation Process Sun, 06 Apr 2014 08:59:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/543793/ Nonlinear dynamic rolling forces in the vertical and horizontal directions are, respectively, established, considering the impact of vertical and horizontal directions vibration of rolls. Then a vertical-horizontal coupling nonlinear vibration dynamic model of rolling mill rolls is proposed, based on the interactions between this dynamic rolling force and mill structure. The amplitude-frequency equations of the main resonance and inner resonance are carried out by using multiple-scale method. The characteristics of amplitude frequency under nonlinear stiffness, damping, and amplitude of the disturbance are obtained by adopting the actual parameters of 1780 rolling mills. Finally, the bifurcation behavior of the system is studied, and it is found that many dynamic behaviors such as period, period-3 motion, and chaos exist in rolling mill, and this behavior could be restrained effectively by choosing proper system parameters. Dongxiao Hou, Rongrong Peng, and Haoran Liu Copyright © 2014 Dongxiao Hou et al. All rights reserved. Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Composites with a Square Patterned Conducting Polymer Layer for Wideband Characteristics Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:51:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/318380/ The applications of electromagnetic- (EM-) wave-absorbers are being expanded for commercial and military purposes. For military applications in particular, EM-wave-absorbers (EMWAs) could minimize Radar Cross Section (RCS) of structures, which could reduce the possibility of detection by radar. In this study, EMWA composite structure containing a square periodic patterned layer is presented. It was found that control of the pattern geometry and surface resistance induced EMWA characteristics which can create multiresonance for wideband absorption in composite structures. Won-Jun Lee and Chun-Gon Kim Copyright © 2014 Won-Jun Lee and Chun-Gon Kim. All rights reserved. Active Elastic Support/Dry Friction Damper with Piezoelectric Ceramic Actuator Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:16:29 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/712426/ The basic operation principle of elastic support/dry friction damper in rotor system was introduced and the unbalance response of the rotor with elastic support/dry friction damper was analyzed theoretically. Based on the previous structure using an electromagnet as actuator, an active elastic support/dry friction damper using piezoelectric ceramic actuator was designed and its effectiveness of reducing rotor vibration when rotor traverses its critical speed and blade-out event happened was experimentally verified. The experimental results show that the active elastic support/dry friction damper with piezoelectric ceramic actuator can significantly reduce vibration in rotor system; the vibration amplitude of the rotor in critical speed region decreased more than 2 times, and the active damper can protect the rotor when a blade-out event happened, so the rotor can traverse the critical speed and shut down smoothly. In addition, the structure is much simpler than the previous, the weight was reduced by half and the power consumption was only 5 W. Liao Mingfu, Song Mingbo, and Wang Siji Copyright © 2014 Liao Mingfu et al. All rights reserved. Free Transverse Vibration of Orthotropic Thin Trapezoidal Plate of Parabolically Varying Thickness Subjected to Linear Temperature Distribution Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:47:50 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/392325/ The present paper deals with the free transverse vibration of orthotropic thin trapezoidal plate of parabolically varying thickness in x-direction subjected to linear temperature distribution in x-direction through a numerical method. The deflection function is defined by the product of the equations of the prescribed continuous piecewise boundary shape. Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to evaluate the fundamental frequencies. The equations of motion, governing the free transverse vibrations of orthotropic thin trapezoidal plates, are derived with boundary condition CSCS. Frequency corresponding to the first two modes of vibration is calculated for the orthotropic thin trapezoidal plate having CSCS edges for different values of thermal gradient, taper constant, and aspect ratio. The proposed method is applied to solve orthotropic thin trapezoidal plate of variable thickness with C-S-C-S boundary conditions. Results are shown by figures for different values of thermal gradient, taper constant, and aspect ratio for the first two modes of vibrations. Arun Kumar Gupta and Shanu Sharma Copyright © 2014 Arun Kumar Gupta and Shanu Sharma. All rights reserved. Shock Response Spectra Reconstruction of Pointwise Explosive-Induced Pyroshock Based on Signal Processing of Laser Shocks Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:55:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/695836/ Pyroshock has been an issue of great concern for aerospace and defense industrial applications. When pyroshock devices are detonated, they can easily cause failures in electronic, optical, relay, and magnetic components generally in mid- and far-fields which is not avoidable at the design level. Thus, many numerical and experimental pyroshock simulations have been widely studied to predict explosive-induced pyroshock effect quantitatively, especially the shock response spectrum (SRS). In this study, a laser shock-based pyroshock reconstruction method is proposed to simulate a pointwise explosive-induced pyroshock signal. The signal processing algorithm for the laser shock-based pyroshock reconstruction is developed in a LabVIEW platform and consists of subbands decomposition, SRS matching in decomposed bands, and wave synthesizing. Then, two experimental setups are configured to obtain pyroshock signals and laser shock signals at four points in an aluminum plate. The reconstructed pyroshock signals synthesized according to the signal processing of the laser shocks demonstrate high similarity to the real pyroshock signals, where the similarity is evaluated by the mean acceleration difference between the SRS curves. The optimized settings of the subband decomposition were obtained and can be in the future used in a pyroshock simulator based on laser shock for pyroshock simulation at any arbitrary point. S. Y. Chong, J. R. Lee, and C. W. Kong Copyright © 2014 S. Y. Chong et al. All rights reserved. A Signal Based Triangular Structuring Element for Mathematical Morphological Analysis and Its Application in Rolling Element Bearing Fault Diagnosis Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/590875/ Mathematical morphology (MM) is an efficient nonlinear signal processing tool. It can be adopted to extract fault information from bearing signal according to a structuring element (SE). Since the bearing signal features differ for every unique cause of failure, the SEs should be well tailored to extract the fault feature from a particular signal. In the following, a signal based triangular SE according to the statistics of the magnitude of a vibration signal is proposed, together with associated methodology, which processes the bearing signal by MM analysis based on proposed SE to get the morphology spectrum of a signal. A correlation analysis on morphology spectrum is then employed to obtain the final classification of bearing faults. The classification performance of the proposed method is evaluated by a set of bearing vibration signals with inner race, ball, and outer race faults, respectively. Results show that all faults can be detected clearly and correctly. Compared with a commonly used flat SE, the correlation analysis on morphology spectrum with proposed SE gives better performance at fault diagnosis of bearing, especially the identification of the location of outer race fault and the level of fault severity. Zhaowen Chen, Ning Gao, Wei Sun, Qiong Chen, Fengying Yan, Xinyu Zhang, Maria Iftikhar, Shiwei Liu, and Zhongqi Ren Copyright © 2014 Zhaowen Chen et al. All rights reserved. Mathematical Modeling of a Transient Vibration Control Strategy Using a Switchable Mass Stiffness Compound System Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:49:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/565181/ A theoretical control strategy for residual vibration control resulting from a shock pulse is studied. The semiactive control strategy is applied in a piecewise linear compound model and involves an on-off logic to connect and disconnect a secondary mass stiffness system from the primary isolation device, with the aim of providing high energy dissipation for lightly damped systems. The compound model is characterized by an energy dissipation mechanism due to the inelastic collision between the two masses and then viscous damping is introduced and its effects are analyzed. The objective of the simulations is to evaluate the transient vibration response in comparison to the results for a passive viscously damped single degree-of-freedom system considered as the benchmark or reference case. Similarly the decay in the compound system is associated with an equivalent decay rate or logarithmic decrement for direct comparison. It is found how the compound system provides improved isolation compared to the passive system, and the damping mechanisms are explained. Diego Francisco Ledezma-Ramirez, Neil Ferguson, and Adriana Salas Zamarripa Copyright © 2014 Diego Francisco Ledezma-Ramirez et al. All rights reserved. Quantitative Diagnosis of Rotor Vibration Fault Using Process Power Spectrum Entropy and Support Vector Machine Method Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:30:27 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/957531/ To improve the diagnosis capacity of rotor vibration fault in stochastic process, an effective fault diagnosis method (named Process Power Spectrum Entropy (PPSE) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) (PPSE-SVM, for short) method) was proposed. The fault diagnosis model of PPSE-SVM was established by fusing PPSE method and SVM theory. Based on the simulation experiment of rotor vibration fault, process data for four typical vibration faults (rotor imbalance, shaft misalignment, rotor-stator rubbing, and pedestal looseness) were collected under multipoint (multiple channels) and multispeed. By using PPSE method, the PPSE values of these data were extracted as fault feature vectors to establish the SVM model of rotor vibration fault diagnosis. From rotor vibration fault diagnosis, the results demonstrate that the proposed method possesses high precision, good learning ability, good generalization ability, and strong fault-tolerant ability (robustness) in four aspects of distinguishing fault types, fault severity, fault location, and noise immunity of rotor stochastic vibration. This paper presents a novel method (PPSE-SVM) for rotor vibration fault diagnosis and real-time vibration monitoring. The presented effort is promising to improve the fault diagnosis precision of rotating machinery like gas turbine. Cheng-Wei Fei, Guang-Chen Bai, Wen-Zhong Tang, and Shuang Ma Copyright © 2014 Cheng-Wei Fei et al. All rights reserved. Propeller Excitation of Longitudinal Vibration Characteristics of Marine Propulsion Shafting System Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:22:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/413592/ The submarine experiences longitudinal vibration in the propulsion shafting system throughout most of run. A transfer matrix model of the propulsion shafting system, in which the dynamic characteristics of oil film within thrust bearing are considered, is established to describe the dynamic behavior. Using hydrodynamic lubrication theory and small perturbation method, the axial stiffness and damping of oil film are deduced in great detail, followed by numerical estimation of the foundation stiffness with finite element method. Based upon these values of dynamic parameters, the Campbell diagram describing natural frequencies in terms of shafting rotating speeds is available, and the effect on the 1st natural frequency of considerable variations in thrust bearing stiffness is next investigated. The results indicate that the amplitude of variation of the 1st natural frequency in range of low rotating speeds is great. To reduce off-resonance response without drastic changes in propulsion shafting system architecture, the measure of moving thrust bearing backward is examined. The longitudinal vibration transmission through propulsion shafting system results in subsequent axial excitation of hull; the thrust load acting on hull is particularly concerned. It is observed that the measures of structural modification are of little benefit to minimize thrust load transmitted to hull. Ganbo Zhang, Yao Zhao, Tianyun Li, and Xiang Zhu Copyright © 2014 Ganbo Zhang et al. All rights reserved. Improving Delay-Margin of Noncollocated Vibration Control of Piezo-Actuated Flexible Beams via a Fractional-Order Controller Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/809173/ Noncollocated control of flexible structures results in nonminimum-phase systems because the separation between the actuator and the sensor creates an input-output delay. The delay can deteriorate stability of closed-loop systems. This paper presents a simple approach to improve the delay-margin of the noncollocated vibration control of piezo-actuated flexible beams using a fractional-order controller. Results of real life experiments illustrate efficiency of the controller and show that the fractional-order controller has better stability robustness than the integer-order controller. Teerawat Sangpet, Suwat Kuntanapreeda, and Rüdiger Schmidt Copyright © 2014 Teerawat Sangpet et al. All rights reserved. Dynamic Study of a Capacitive MEMS Switch with Double Clamped-Clamped Microbeams Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:39:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/807489/ We study a capacitive MEMS switch composed of two clamped-clamped exible microbeams. We first develop a mathematical model for the MEMS switch where the upper microbeam represents the ground transmission line and the lower one represents the central transmission line. An electrostatic force is applied between the two microbeams to yield the switch to its ON and OFF states. We derive the equations of motion of the system and associated boundary conditions and solve the static and dynamic problems using the differential quadratic method. We show that using only nine grid points gives relatively accurate results when compared to those obtained using FEM. We also examine the transient behavior of the microswitch and obtain results indicating that subsequent reduction in actuation voltage, switching time, and power consumption are expected along with relatively good RF performances. ANSYS HFSS simulator is used in this paper to extract the RF characteristics of the microswitch. HFSS simulation results show that the insertion loss is as low as −0.31 dB and that the return loss is better than −12.41 dB at 10 GHz in the ON state. At the OFF state, the isolation is lower than −23 dB in the range of 10 to 50 GHz. Hatem Samaali, Fehmi Najar, and Slim Choura Copyright © 2014 Hatem Samaali et al. All rights reserved. Experimental Research on the Dynamic Response of Floating Structures with Coatings Subjected to Underwater Explosion Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:06:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/705256/ This paper presents an experimental investigation into the dynamic response of three free floating stiffened metal boxes with protective coatings subjected to underwater explosion (UNDEX). One box was kept intact while the other two were, respectively, covered with monolithic coatings and chiral honeycomb coatings. Three groups of live fire tests with different attack angles and stand-off distances were conducted. The acceleration on the stiffener and strain peak on the bottom hull were selected as the major comparative criterions. Test results show that the impulse transmitted to the structure at the initial stage can be reduced, owing to the coating flexibility and fluid-structure interaction mechanism. Consequently, the acceleration peaks induced by both shock wave and bubble pulse were reduced. The shock environment can be more effectively improved by honeycomb coating when compared with monolithic coating. Most of the strain peaks decreased to a certain extent, but some of them were notably manifested, especially for honeycomb coating. The test affirms the fact that soft coating can cause stress concentration on the shell that is in direct contact with the coating due to the impedance mismatch between the interfaces of materials. A softer rubber coating induces a greater magnitude of strain. Feng Xiao, Yong Chen, Yu Wang, Hongxing Hua, and Dawei Zhu Copyright © 2014 Feng Xiao et al. All rights reserved. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Ground Shock Coupling Factor for Near-Surface Detonations Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:49:06 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/789202/ This paper presents the results of recent ground shock experiments conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center to further investigate the adequacy of the coupling factor approach to shallow-buried or near-surface detonations. Comparisons between these recent experimental results and results of numerical simulations of the ground shock propagation in soil are presented. It was found that the coupling factor curve currently adopted in design of buried structures does not accurately represent the actual ground shock propagation in soil and that different coupling factor curves are needed for different physical quantities of interest in design. The results presented in this paper also suggest that the coupling factor curves are functions of several parameters in addition to the depth of burial and that numerical simulations can capture reasonably well the ground shock propagation of soil stresses and particle velocities. Timothy W. Shelton, John Q. Ehrgott Jr., Ramon J. Moral, and Michele Barbato Copyright © 2014 Timothy W. Shelton et al. All rights reserved. Development of a Numerical Model for an Expanding Tube with Linear Explosive Using AUTODYN Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:36:10 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/436156/ Pyrotechnic devices have been employed in satellite launch vehicle missions, generally for the separation of structural subsystems such as stage and satellite separation. Expanding tubes are linear explosives enclosed by an oval steel tube and have been widely used for pyrotechnic joint separation systems. A numerical model is proposed for the prediction of the proper load of an expanding tube using a nonlinear dynamic analysis code, AUTODYN 2D and 3D. To compute a proper core load, numerical models of the open-ended steel tube and mild detonating tube encasing a high explosive were developed and compared with experimental results. 2D and 3D computational results showed good correlation with ballistic test results. The model will provide more flexibility in expanding tube design, leading to economic benefits in the overall expanding tube development procedure. Mijin Choi, Jung-Ryul Lee, and Cheol-Won Kong Copyright © 2014 Mijin Choi et al. All rights reserved. Dynamic Analysis of Planar 3-RRR Flexible Parallel Robots with Dynamic Stiffening Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:01:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/370145/ In consideration of the second-order coupling quantity of the axial displacement caused by the transverse displacement of flexible beam, the first-order approximation coupling model of planar 3-RRR flexible parallel robots is presented, in which the rigid body motion constraints, elastic deformation motion constraints, and dynamic constraints of the moving platform are considered. Based on the different speed of the moving platform, numerical simulation results using the conventional zero-order approximation coupling model and the proposed firstorder approximation coupling model show that the effect of “dynamic stiffening” term on dynamic characteristics of the system is insignificant and can be neglected, and the zero-order approximation coupling model is enough precisely for catching essentially dynamic characteristics of the system. Then, the commercial software ANSYS 13.0 is used to confirm the validity of the zero-order approximation coupling model. Qinghua Zhang, Xuerui Fan, and Xianmin Zhang Copyright © 2014 Qinghua Zhang et al. All rights reserved. Approximate Series Solutions for Nonlinear Free Vibration of Suspended Cables Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:50:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/795708/ This paper presents approximate series solutions for nonlinear free vibration of suspended cables via the Lindstedt-Poincare method and homotopy analysis method, respectively. Firstly, taking into account the geometric nonlinearity of the suspended cable as well as the quasi-static assumption, a mathematical model is presented. Secondly, two analytical methods are introduced to obtain the approximate series solutions in the case of nonlinear free vibration. Moreover, small and large sag-to-span ratios and initial conditions are chosen to study the nonlinear dynamic responses by these two analytical methods. The numerical results indicate that frequency amplitude relationships obtained with different analytical approaches exhibit some quantitative and qualitative differences in the cases of motions, mode shapes, and particular sag-to-span ratios. Finally, a detailed comparison of the differences in the displacement fields and cable axial total tensions is made. Yaobing Zhao, Ceshi Sun, Zhiqian Wang, and Lianhua Wang Copyright © 2014 Yaobing Zhao et al. All rights reserved. Laser Ultrasonic System for Surface Crack Visualization in Dissimilar Welds of Control Rod Drive Mechanism Assembly of Nuclear Power Plant Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:48:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/296426/ In this paper, we propose a J-groove dissimilar weld crack visualization system based on ultrasonic propagation imaging (UPI) technology. A full-scale control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) assembly specimen was fabricated to verify the proposed system. An ultrasonic sensor was contacted at one point of the inner surface of the reactor vessel head part of the CRDM assembly. Q-switched laser beams were scanned to generate ultrasonic waves around the weld bead. The localization and sizing of the crack were possible by ultrasonic wave propagation imaging. Furthermore, ultrasonic spectral imaging unveiled frequency components of damage-induced waves, while wavelet-transformed ultrasonic propagation imaging enhanced damage visibility by generating a wave propagation video focused on the frequency component of the damage-induced waves. Dual-directional anomalous wave propagation imaging with adjacent wave subtraction was also developed to enhance the crack visibility regardless of crack orientation and wave propagation direction. In conclusion, the full-scale specimen test demonstrated that the multiple damage visualization tools are very effective in the visualization of J-groove dissimilar weld cracks. Yun-Shil Choi, Hyomi Jeong, and Jung-Ryul Lee Copyright © 2014 Yun-Shil Choi et al. All rights reserved. Damage Identification by the Kullback-Leibler Divergence and Hybrid Damage Index Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:13:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/962056/ The hybrid damage index (HDI) is presented as a mean for the damage identification in this paper, which is on the basis of the Kullback-Leibler divergence (KLD) and its approximations. The proposed method is suitable for detecting damage in one-dimensional structure and delamination in laminated composite. The first step of analysis includes obtaining the mode data of the structure before and after the damage, and then the KLD and its approximations are obtained. In addition, the HDI is obtained on the basis of the KLD and its approximations, utilizing the natural frequencies and mode shape at the same time. Furthermore, the modal strain energy (MSE) method is employed to verify the efficiency of the proposed method. Finally, to demonstrate the capability of the proposed method, examples of the beam and laminated composite are applied for checking the present approaches numerically, and the final results validate the effective and accurate performance of the present technique. Shaohua Tian, Zhibo Yang, Zhengjia He, and Xuefeng Chen Copyright © 2014 Shaohua Tian et al. All rights reserved. Control Application of Piezoelectric Materials to Aeroelastic Self-Excited Vibrations Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:27:50 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/509024/ A method for application of piezoelectric materials to aeroelasticity of turbomachinery blades is presented. The governing differential equations of an overhung beam are established. The induced voltage in attached piezoelectric sensors due to the strain of the beam is calculated. In aeroelastic self-excited vibrations, the aerodynamic generalized force of a specified mode can be described as a linear function of the generalized coordinate and its derivatives. This simplifies the closed loop system designed for vibration control of the corresponding structure. On the other hand, there is an industrial interest in measurement of displacement, velocity, acceleration, or a contribution of them for machinery condition monitoring. Considering this criterion in quadratic optimal control systems, a special style of performance index is configured. Utilizing the current relations in an aeroelastic case with proper attachment of piezoelectric elements can provide higher margin of instability and lead to lower vibration magnitude. Mohammad Amin Rashidifar and Darvish Ahmadi Copyright © 2014 Mohammad Amin Rashidifar and Darvish Ahmadi. All rights reserved. A New Criterion for the Stabilization Diagram Used with Stochastic Subspace Identification Methods: An Application to an Aircraft Skeleton Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:41:14 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/409298/ The modal parameters of a structure that is estimated from ambient vibration measurements are always subject to bias and variance errors. Accordingly the concept of the stabilization diagram is introduced to help users identify the correct model. One of the most important problems using this diagram is the appearance of spurious modes that should be discriminated to simplify modes selections. This study presents a new stabilization criterion obtained through a novel numerical implementation of the stabilization diagram and the discussion of model validation employing the power spectral density. As an application, an aircraft skeleton is used. E. Mrabet, M. Abdelghani, and N. Ben Kahla Copyright © 2014 E. Mrabet et al. All rights reserved. A New Flexibility Based Damage Index for Damage Detection of Truss Structures Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sv/2014/460692/ A new damage index, called strain change based on flexibility index (SCBFI), is introduced to locate damaged elements of truss systems. The principle of SCBFI is based on considering strain changes in structural elements, between undamaged and damaged states. The strain of an element is evaluated using the columnar coefficients of the flexibility matrix estimated via modal analysis information. Two illustrative test examples are considered to assess the performance of the proposed method. Numerical results indicate that the method can provide a reliable tool to accurately identify the multiple-structural damage for truss structures. M. Montazer and S. M. Seyedpoor Copyright © 2014 M. Montazer and S. M. Seyedpoor. All rights reserved.