Approximate Galerkin method applied to an analysis of vibration of continuous mechanical systems


  • Marek Płaczek

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    1. Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering Processes Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Konarskiego 18a, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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Paper presents fundamental assumptions of the approximate Galerkin method application in order to vibration analysis of continuous mechanical systems with different form of vibration and different boundary conditions. Flexural vibration of beams, longitudinal vibration of rods and torsional vibration of shafts with all possible ways of fixing were considered. Analyzed mechanical systems were treated as subsystems of mechatronic systems with piezoelectric transducers. This work was done as an introduction to the analysis of mechatronic systems with piezoelectric transducers used as actuators or passive vibration dampers [1–3]. It is impossible to use an exact Fourier method in this case. This is the reason why the approximate Galerkin method was chosen and analysis of its exactness was done as a first step of this work. Dynamic flexibilities of considered mechanical systems were calculated twice, using exact and approximate methods. Obtained results were juxtaposed and it was proved that in some cases the approximate method should be corrected while in the other it is precise enough. A correction method was proposed and it was assumed that the approximate method can be used in mechatronic systems analysis. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)