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nerendra.devnarain@gmail.
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Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: measuring damping coeficient

hi.I am trying practically to measure the damping coefficient required
for steady operation.Plz help what method I can use to measure the
damping coefficient.I have already measured the spring constant for the
material.
Tom Sanderson

Joined: 22 Dec 2005
Posts: 55

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: measuring damping coeficient

<nerendra.devnarain@gmail.com> wrote:
 Quote: hi.I am trying practically to measure the damping coefficient required for steady operation.Plz help what method I can use to measure the damping coefficient.I have already measured the spring constant for the material.

Assuming it's a "nice" material with a near-constant spring constant, you
should be able to just set it vibrating and measure the natural decay of the
vibration amplitude...you can back out the damping coefficient from that
data.

Tom.
nerendra.devnarain@gmail.
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Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: measuring damping coeficient

explain further.I let it vibrate & do I measure the time it takes to
settle
Tom Sanderson

Joined: 22 Dec 2005
Posts: 55

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: measuring damping coeficient

<nerendra.devnarain@gmail.com> wrote:
 Quote: Thanx for the reply.But I dont understand what you mean.Could please explain further.I let it vibrate & do I measure the time it takes to settle

Don't measure the time it takes to settle, just get a plot (table, whatever)
of the positition vs. time for the naturally vibrating system. Or, you can
do a forced vibration and measure the phase and amplitude difference between
the forcing function and the actual position.

Either way, from that data you can determine the constants in the position
vs. time differential equation for simple harmonic motion (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damping for a reasonable introduction).

Once you know the constants, you can calculate the damping coefficient.

Tom.

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