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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 704265, 30 pages
Research Article

Vibration Control by Means of Piezoelectric Actuators Shunted with LR Impedances: Performance and Robustness Analysis

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, 20156 Milan, Italy
2Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 181/A, 43124 Parma, Italy

Received 29 October 2014; Revised 8 April 2015; Accepted 14 April 2015

Academic Editor: Lei Zuo

Copyright © 2015 M. Berardengo et al. 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.


This paper deals with passive monomodal vibration control by shunting piezoelectric actuators to electric impedances constituting the series of a resistance and an inductance. Although this kind of vibration attenuation strategy has long been employed, there are still unsolved problems; particularly, this kind of control does suffer from issues relative to robustness because the features of the electric impedance cannot be adapted to changes of the system. This work investigates different algorithms that can be employed to optimise the values of the electric components of the shunt impedance. Some of these algorithms derive from the theory of the tuned mass dampers. First a performance analysis is provided, comparing the attenuation achievable with these algorithms. Then, an analysis and comparison of the same algorithms in terms of robustness are carried out. The approach adopted herein allows identifying the algorithm capable of providing the highest degree of robustness and explains the solutions that can be employed to resolve some of the issues concerning the practical implementation of this control technique. The analytical and numerical results presented in the paper have been validated experimentally by means of a proper test setup.