Measurement of non-linear damping in metal-matrix composites Conference Paper uri icon


  • A method which does not require an accurate knowledge of the frequency, initial phase and initial amplitude of a free decay vibration is developed for the measurement of non-linear damping. Strain levels as low as one micro-strains are investigated. A multi-parameter Simplex inversion scheme is used to determine damping through a comparison of the theoretical and the experimental displacement. Using this method, we shall demonstrate that it is possible to measure the non-linear damping properties of materials from a single decay curve. By way of calibration, aluminum samples are used and the results show a significantly better precision in measurement than the log-decrement technique. Results are presented for Plexiglas, Mg-0.6%Zr alloy and the P55Gr/Mg-0.6%Zr composite.

published proceedings

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Noise Control and Acoustics Division (Publication) NCA

author list (cited authors)

  • Ray, S., Kinra, V. K., & Zhu, C.

complete list of authors

  • Ray, S||Kinra, VK||Zhu, C

publication date

  • December 1993