Alternative scheme for frequency response function measurement of experimental-analytical dynamic substructuring
The accuracy of the predicted dynamic behaviour of an assembled structure using the frequency based substructuring (FBS) method is often found to be diverged from the experimental counterparts. The divergence which has become the paramount concern and major issue for structural dynamicists is because of the unreliable experimental FRF data of the interfaces of substructures, arising from the limited resources of appropriate excitation points and accelerometer attachments in the vicinity of the interfaces. This paper presents an alternative scheme for FRF measurement of the experimental FRF data of substructures. In this study, an assembled structure consisting of two substructures were used, namely substructure A (Finite element model) and substructure B (Experimental model). The FE model of substructure A was constructed by using 3D elements and the FRFs were derived via the FRF synthesis method. Specially customised bolts were used to allow the attachment of accelerometers and excitation to be made at the interfaces of substructure B, and the FRFs were measured by using impact testing. Both substructures A and B were then coupled by using the FBS method and the coupled FRF was validated with the measured FRF counterparts. This work revealed that the proposed scheme with specially customized bolts has led to a significant enhancement and improvement in the FBS predicted results.
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