Aim: Tuned Vibration Absorber
Many–atimes, a vibratory system under forced vibration is required to run near resonance i.e. the excitation frequency is close to the natural frequency of the system. Under such a situation, the response of the system can be large and we must try to reduce it by taking some measure. The excitation frequency may be constant in many cases as in case of a machine with rotorunbalance running at constant speed. By attaching a separate smaller springmass system, an auxiliary system, to the main system the vibration of the main system can be reduced, drastically, if the mass and the stiffness of the auxiliary system are properly calculated, i.e. if the auxiliarysystem is tuned to the natural frequency of the main system and the excitation frequency. Underthis condition,thevibrationof the main system is reduced almost to zero and the auxiliary system vibrates in response to the excitation. So, it is termed as vibration absorber and this method of vibration control is called vibration absorption.
In this experiment, you will try to design a tuned vibration absorber. You will also study the effect of changing the mass and stiffness of an auxiliary system (i.e. natural frequency of an auxiliary system when it is isolated) on response of the main system to a harmonic force. The harmonic force is considered to be generated out of unbalanced rotating mass with constant rpm. The mass and stiffness of main system are considered to be fixed which is usually the case in practical situation also. The frequency of theexcitation force and natural frequency of main system are close to each other. Thus, we have a main system with fixed natural frequency and a harmonic excitation force having frequency closer to the natural frequency of the main system. In other words, we have a system running at or near resonance having a large response, naturally, which will be reduced by attaching a properly tuned vibration absorber. Damping is neglected for simplicity and ease of understanding.
Follow the procedure given on another screen which is opened by clicking the tab ‘Procedure’ and use the simulator later to perform the experiment.
Theory
The theory on which thedesign of tuned vibration absorber is based is as given below:
The response of a SDOF system, subjected to a harmonic force having frequency close to the natural frequency of the system, will be quite large when the frequencies are equal. It will be infinite, theoretically, if damping is neglected. The variation of amplitude of response with respect to the excitation frequency is as shown in the graph below.


Undamped SDOF system with harmonic force excitation 
Response of undamped SDOF system to harmonic force; Magnitude of response v/s frequency of excitation, ω/ω_{n} 
For an undamped SDOF system , the forced response is given by
where, X_{st} is the static deflection of the spring which is equal to the ratio of amplitude of the excitation force, F_{0},and the stiffness of the spring, K.
ω  Excitation frequency,
ω_{n} Naturalfrequency of the system.
At ω = 0.95ω_{n}, we get X/X_{st} = 10.26. The plot of the amplitude of response, X/X_{st} , versus frequency ratio, ω_{/}ω_{n}, is shown in the figure above.
Now, we attach an auxiliary SDOF system with mass M_{2} and stiffness K_{2} to the main system which has a mass M_{1} and stiffness K_{1}. When these systems were independent (separate), they would have their own natural frequencies given by ω_{n1} = (K_{1}/_{M1})^0.5 for the main system, and ω_{n2} = (K_{1}/_{M2})^0.5 for the auxiliary system
It is to be noted that on attaching the auxiliary system to main system, another system is formed which is now a two degree of freedom system. It will have its own two natural frequencies but quite different from ω_{1} and ω_{2} that we considered above.
The response of each mass of the system, now a 2DOF system, to harmonic force acting on M_{1} (Amplitude of vibration of each mass is given by), is given by
μ is the mass ratio = M_{2}/M_{1}. ω_{n1} = (K_{1}/_{M1})^0.5 and ω_{n2} = (K_{1}/_{M2})^0.5, However, the natural frequencies of the 2degree of freedom system formed after attaching the auxiliary system are given by different expressions in terms of M_{1}, M_{2}, K_{1}, and K_{2}.
Plot of the dimensionless responses of each of the two masses is shown above when a harmonic force acts on M_{1} when excitation frequency is close to natural frequency of main system,ω ≠ω_{1} ,, but much away from natural frequency of auxiliary system,ω ≠ω_{2}, Mass ratio μ=M_{2}/M_{1}= 0.15.


Main system attached with an auxiliary system – Now, a 2DOF system 
Frequency response of each of the two masses when a harmonic force acts on M_{1} when excitation frequency is close to natural frequency of main system ω ≈ ω_{1} but much away from natural frequency of auxiliary system, ω ≈ ω_{2}. Mass ratio μ=M_{2}/M_{1}= 0.15. 
Now we consider that excitation frequency is almost equal to the natural frequency of the main system alone. Because of this, its response would be large before attaching the auxiliary system. If we attach the auxiliary system such that its natural frequency is equal to the excitation frequency, and hence also equal to that of the main system, and substitute ω =ω_{1} =ω_{2} in above equations, we find that X_{1 }reduces to zero and X_{2} = F_{0}/(μ.K_{1}), X_{ST} = F_{0}/K_{1}. Thus, by attaching an auxiliary system with natural frequency equal to the excitation frequency and natural frequency of the main system makes the response of the main system zero though the auxiliary system oscillates with anamplitude equal to F_{0}/(μ.K_{1}).And this is the principle of working of a vibration absorber.
While designing the vibration absorber, we must select K2 and M_{2} such that ω=ω_{2} = (K_{2}/_{M2})^0.5 and to keep response of auxiliary system minimum, we must have X_{2} = F_{0}/(μ.K_{1}) minimum. As F_{0} and K_{1}cannot be changed, adjusting the mass ratio =M_{2}/M_{1}(in fact, only M_{2}) is in our hand. For smaller X_{2}, we should have large M_{2} and we cannot increase M_{2} to a very large extent because the auxiliary system should not be bulky. So, a compromise is made and value of μ is kept in the range of 0.05 to 0.25. Observe this in the figure below
In this experiment, while the auxiliary system is tuned, you would choose different values of mass ratio and observe the responses of the primary and secondary systems. The responses can also be observed even if the auxiliary system is not tuned i.e. when the natural frequency of auxiliary system is not equal to the excitation frequency or the natural frequency of the main system. This is done by choosing values of M_{2} and K_{2} such that ω ≠ ω_{2} as ω_{2} = (K_{2}/_{M2})^0.5.