Analytical formulation of optimum material properties for viscoelastic damping

H. H. Hilton, Sung Yi

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Expressions for stored and dissipated energies in anisotropic viscoelastic bodies are derived using generalized Maxwell models. The relationships between shapes of master relaxation modulus curves and dissipation energy and the latter's influence on passive structural motion control are investigated. The master relaxation modulus curves are analytically generated for parametric variations of initial and relaxed moduli, slopes of the transition region and relaxation time spans. The influences of relaxation modulus shapes and parameters on stored and dissipated energies and on time-dependent deformations under specific loading and environmental conditions are analysed and evaluated. These analytical formulations of 'viscoelastic designer materials' answer questions on how to best manufacture, or select from data banks, materials with optimum properties for specific service requirements including the use of smart viscoelastic damping materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number003
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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