A Comparative Analysis of the Response-Tracking Techniques in Aerospace Dynamic Systems Using Modal Participation Factors

Michelle Guzman Nieto, Sandeep Suresh Babu, Mostafa S.A. ElSayed, Abdel Hamid Ismail Mourad

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Abstract

Mechanical structural systems are subject to multiple dynamic disturbances during service. While several possible scenarios can be examined to determine their design loading conditions, only a relatively small set of such scenarios is considered critical. Therefore, only such particular deterministic set of critical load cases is commonly employed for the structural design and optimization. Nevertheless, during the design and optimization stages, the mass and stiffness distributions of such assemblies vary, and, in consequence, their dynamic response also varies. Thus, it is important to consider the variations in the dynamic loading conditions during the design-and-optimization cycles. This paper studies the modal participation factors at length and proposes an alternative to the current point-wise treatment of the dynamic equations of motion of flexible bodies during design optimization. First, the most relevant-to-structural-dynamics definitions available in the literature are reviewed in depth. Second, the analysis of those definitions that have the potential to be adopted as point-wise constraint equations during structural optimization is extended. Finally, a proof of concept is presented to demonstrate the usability of each definition, followed by a case study in which the potential advantages of the proposed extended analysis are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1065
Number of pages28
JournalApplied Mechanics
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • design optimization
  • modal contribution factor
  • modal participation factors
  • point-wise constraint
  • response tracking
  • static modal decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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