This paper presents a theoretical insight on the performance of a vibration isolator consisting of a combination of linear mechanical springs arranged to achieve a specific form of geometric nonlinearity. In particular, positive and negative stiffness nonlinearities are combined to achieve a sigmoidal shape of the force-deflection curve, which is proven to be beneficial for vibration isolation purposes when the amplitude of vibration is relatively large. Such behaviour is fundamentally different from that of the classical quasi-zero-stiffness isolator, which presents a low dynamic stiffness at the equilibrium configuration and is thus effective for relatively low amplitude of vibration. The analytical findings are validated by numerical simulations, providing useful guidelines for the design of such isolators.

Performance of a vibration isolator with sigmoidal force-deflection curve

Gatti G.
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2022-01-01

Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical insight on the performance of a vibration isolator consisting of a combination of linear mechanical springs arranged to achieve a specific form of geometric nonlinearity. In particular, positive and negative stiffness nonlinearities are combined to achieve a sigmoidal shape of the force-deflection curve, which is proven to be beneficial for vibration isolation purposes when the amplitude of vibration is relatively large. Such behaviour is fundamentally different from that of the classical quasi-zero-stiffness isolator, which presents a low dynamic stiffness at the equilibrium configuration and is thus effective for relatively low amplitude of vibration. The analytical findings are validated by numerical simulations, providing useful guidelines for the design of such isolators.
negative stiffness
nonlinear vibration
passive isolator
quasi-zero-stiffness
vibration isolator
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