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Shock and Vibration
Volume 16, Issue 5, Pages 529-542

Reflections on the Hysteretic Damping Model

Nuno Maia

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico/IDMEC Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal

Received 4 September 2009; Revised 4 September 2009

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This paper presents a reflection on a recently proposed solution to the problem of the free vibration response with the constant hysteretic damping model, that has been presented in some conferences in recent years, by the author himself and some of his colleagues. On the one hand, as expected, the subject has been received with natural criticism, mainly due to the well-known non-causal behaviour of the model in free vibration. On the other hand, it was not easy to understand what could be wrong in that proposal, as apparently everything was perfect from a mathematical point of view. The author decided that this subject deserved a more careful and detailed analysis and – in this kind of tutorial paper – the issue seems to have been clarified. It is concluded that the proposed solution involving the constant hysteretic damping corresponds in fact to an equivalent viscously damped model; it is therefore concluded that the application of the constant hysteretic damping to model the free vibration of practical engineering problems should be considered only in the perspective of an equivalent viscously damped model.