This work aims to identify the damping properties of a commercial viscoelastic material that can be embedded and cured between the layers of composite laminates. The material may be adopted for reducing the vibration response of composite panels, typically used in automotive and aerospace applications, e.g., as vehicle body shell components. In order to objectively estimate the actual potential to enhance the noise vibration and harshness aspects, the effects of the viscoelastic material on the modal parameters of carbon/epoxy thin panels are quantitatively assessed through experimental modal analysis. Two different experiments are conducted, namely impact hammer tests and shaker excitation measurements. Based on the results of the experimental campaign, the investigated material is confirmed as a promising solution for possibly reducing the severity of vibrations in composite panels, thanks to its high damping properties. Indeed, the presence of just one layer proves to triple the damping properties of a thin panel. An approximate damping model is derived from the measured data in order to effectively simulate the dynamic response of new design solutions, including thin composite panels featuring the viscoelastic material.

Experimental Characterization of a High-Damping Viscoelastic Material Enclosed in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Components

Troncossi, Marco
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Taddia, Sara;Rivola, Alessandro;Martini, Alberto
2020

Abstract

This work aims to identify the damping properties of a commercial viscoelastic material that can be embedded and cured between the layers of composite laminates. The material may be adopted for reducing the vibration response of composite panels, typically used in automotive and aerospace applications, e.g., as vehicle body shell components. In order to objectively estimate the actual potential to enhance the noise vibration and harshness aspects, the effects of the viscoelastic material on the modal parameters of carbon/epoxy thin panels are quantitatively assessed through experimental modal analysis. Two different experiments are conducted, namely impact hammer tests and shaker excitation measurements. Based on the results of the experimental campaign, the investigated material is confirmed as a promising solution for possibly reducing the severity of vibrations in composite panels, thanks to its high damping properties. Indeed, the presence of just one layer proves to triple the damping properties of a thin panel. An approximate damping model is derived from the measured data in order to effectively simulate the dynamic response of new design solutions, including thin composite panels featuring the viscoelastic material.
Troncossi, Marco; Taddia, Sara; Rivola, Alessandro; Martini, Alberto
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