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Transmission matrices and lumped parameter models for continuous systems

Rocke, Richard Dale (1966) Transmission matrices and lumped parameter models for continuous systems. California Institute of Technology . (Unpublished)

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The use of transmission matrices and lumped parameter models for describing continuous systems is the subject of this study. Nonuniform continuous systems which play important roles in practical vibration problems, e.g., torsional oscillations in bars, transverse bending vibrations of beams, etc., are of primary importance. A new approach for deriving closed form transmission matrices is applied to- several classes of non-uniform continuous segments of one dimensional and beam systems. A power series expansion method is presented for determining approximate transmission matrices of any order for segments of non-uniform systems whose solutions can not be found in closed form. This direct series method is shown to give results comparable to those of the improved lumped parameter models for one dimensional systems, Four types of lumped parameter models are evaluated on the basis of the uniform continuous one dimensional system by comparing the behavior of the frequency root errors. The lumped parameter models which are based upon a close fit to the low frequency approximation of the exact transmission matrix, at the segment level, are shown to be superior. On this basis an improved lumped parameter model is recommended for approximating non-uniform segments. This new model is compared to a uniform segment approximation and error curves are presented for systems whose areas vary quadratically and linearly. The effect of varying segment lengths is investigated for one dimensional systems and results indicate very little improvement in comparison to the use of equal length segments. For purposes of completeness, a brief summary of various lumped parameter models and other techniques which have previously been used to approximate the uniform Bernoulli-Euler beam is given.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Additional Information:PhD, 1966
Group:Dynamics Laboratory
Record Number:CaltechEERL:1966.DYNL.1966.002
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