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Dimensional stability of materials subject to random vibration

Edeson, RL, Aglietti, GS and Tatnall, ARL (2013) Dimensional stability of materials subject to random vibration Precision Engineering, 37 (2). pp. 323-335.

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High precision stable structures are potentially vulnerable to dimensional instability induced by exposure to random vibration. There appears to have been little work in the literature to understand or mitigate structural dimensional instability induced by random vibration. To gain more insight into this issue, a novel test was recently developed to assess the plastic strain response in the 10 to 10 range for structural materials subjected to specific random vibration loads. The test was based on a four-point bending configuration with an applied random base excitation. Two types of material were tested-an Al alloy and a CFRP. This paper presents the test setup and results in detail. The Al alloy samples were found to grow slightly in length during testing, due to a small non-symmetry in the applied load. An FEA model of the test setup was solved in the time domain for a sequence of cyclic loads whose amplitude was based on their probability of exceedance in the random environment. This model, using nonlinear kinematic hardening, was able to predict the residual strain response observed during testing with good accuracy. The main implication of this finding is that ultra stable structures subject to random vibration should be assembled in the most strain-free state possible to avoid loss of dimensional stability due to cyclic hardening. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Surrey Space Centre
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Surrey Space Centre
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Date : April 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.precisioneng.2012.10.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2016 12:38
Last Modified : 31 Aug 2016 12:38

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