Numerical simulation model of vibration responses of rectangular plates embedded with piezoelectric actuators

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Journal / PublicationThin-Walled Structures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2002


A numerical simulation model for random large amplitude vibration control of composite plate using piezoelectric material is presented. The H control design is employed to suppress the large amplitude vibrations of composites plates under random loading. The numerical simulation model is developed and based on the finite element method. The finite element governing equation includes fully coupled structural and electrical nodal degrees of freedom, and consider the von Karman large amplitude vibration. The modal reduction method using the structural modes is adopted to reduce the finite element equations into a set of modal equations with fewer degrees of freedom. The modal equations are then employed for controller design and time domain simulation. In the simulations without control, the value of the linear mode to the nonlinear deflection is quantified; and the minimum number of linear modes needed for accurate model is obtained. In the simulations with control, it is shown that the truncated modes, which are neglected in the control design, deteriorate the controller performance. Generally, the vibration reduction level is not monotonically increasing with the size of the piezoelectric actuator. The optimal piezoelectric actuator size depends on the excitation level. For higher excitation level, optimal actuator size is larger. The H controller based on the linear finite element formulation gives better vibration reduction for small amplitude vibration, but it still gives reasonable performance for large amplitude vibration provided that the piezoelectric actuator is big and powerful enough. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Finite element, Piezoelectric materials, Structural vibration control