This study presents an experimental investigation of the free vibration of cantilevered composite laminated plates with embedded passive damping material at different stages. A total of five composite laminated plates are considered. The lay-up sequences for the five composite laminated plates with and without two embedded layers of passive damping material are [90°/0°/90°/0°]s, [90°/0°/90°/0°/d]s, [90°/0°/90°/d/0°]s, [90°/0°/d/90°/0°]s, and [90°/d/0°/90°/0°]s. The passive damping material employed is a 3M material, SJ-2015 ISD 112, with peak damping properties in the ambient temperature range of 32°F to 140°F. The composite material used is a carbon fiber (977-2)/epoxy resin (IM7). The effect of the passive damping system employed in this study for the composite plates are discussed. Modal testing is performed on these plates to determine resonant frequencies, amplitude and mode shape information. The study included white noise and sinusoidal dynamic testing techniques, a PC computer based data acquisition system, and a virtual instrument dynamic analysis. The different locations of the passive damping material in the cross-ply laminated plates resulted in degradation effects on the natural frequency, damping and mode of shape.


Aerospace Engineering



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