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Title: Response Prediction and Detection in Non-linear Clamped Panels
Author: Acton, Matthew Nicholas Frederick
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 806X
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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Aircraft panels may often be subjected to high levels ofacoustic pressure loading in flight that may lead to fatigue damage. In some cases, the in-plane restraint provided by the panel boundaries will introduce a geometric stiffening non-linearity when the panel deforms. This Thesis is split into two main areas in the field of non-linear dynamics. Firstly the prediction ofthe non-linear response ofa structure to acoustic excitation for use in sonic fatigue life calculations is examined. The second area of consideration is the detection ofthe presence of non-linearities in a structure when there may more than one present. The Non-Linear Modal method (NLMOD) previously developed at the University of Manchester, allows the prediction ofthe kinematic and stress response of such panels via a reduced order approach that converts Finite Element results into a model based in linear modal space, with additional terms included to represent the non-linear behavior. In this Thesis, the development ofan experimental clamped panel structure is presented, together with several Finite Element models ofthe same structure. The panel is tested for its modal and static characteristics and exposed to fairly high-level acoustic excitation in a Progressive Wave Tube (PWT). The resulting non-linear strain responses are compared to those predicted using the identified non-linear modal model. Discrepancies are initially found between test and prediction. Reasons for the discrepancies are discussed and the model modified accordingly. Good final agreement with test results is found and a number of areas for further investigation are highlighted. The second part of the Thesis develops a novel, simple method for detecting the presence of non-linear stiffness and non-linear damping, when both may be present, using higher order statistics ofthe time domain response ofa structure. The method is developed using simulation of a single degree offreedom system and is then validated using a clamped panel. In order to ensure the presence of non-linear damping, a novel discrete, non-linear damper is developed making use of a passive shaker with the terminals shorted.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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