ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

5pSA3. Vibrational response of a simple oscillator attached to an elastic structure.

Douglas M. Photiadis

J. A. Bucaro

Brian H. Houston

Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC 20375-5350

The effect of many internal degrees of freedom on the vibration of elastic structures has been of great recent interest; several theories have predicted damping effects arising from associated internal resonances. As an initial effort to explore this phenomena experimentally, the behavior of a single such oscillator attached to ribbed cylindrical shell section has been measured. The single oscillator has been found to give rise to a fairly broadband resonance structure, with a bandwidth that paradoxically increases with decreasing frequency. These results, along with the physical interpretation and modeling, will be discussed.