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Shock and Vibration
Volume 11, Issue 5-6, Pages 647-664

An Empirical Method for Particle Damping Design

Zhi Wei Xu,1 K.W. Chan,2 and W.H. Liao2

1The Aeronautical Science Key Laboratory for Smart Materials and Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China
2Department of Automation and Computer-Aided Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Received 1 May 2003; Accepted 1 May 2004

Copyright © 2004 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Particle damping is an effective vibration suppression method. The purpose of this paper is to develop an empirical method for particle damping design based on extensive experiments on three structural objects – steel beam, bond arm and bond head stand. The relationships among several key parameters of structure/particles are obtained. Then the procedures with the use of particle damping are proposed to provide guidelines for practical applications. It is believed that the results presented in this paper would be helpful to effectively implement the particle damping for various structural systems for the purpose of vibration suppression.