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Theoretical Analysis and Experimental Identification of a Vibration Isolator with Widely- Variable Stiffness

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  • Zhan Hu
  • Xing Wang
  • Hongxiang Yao
  • Guangyuan Wang
  • Gangtie Zheng
Original languageEnglish
Article number051014
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics
Issue number5
Early online date26 Apr 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 21 Feb 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Oct 2018


This paper develops an adjustable high-static-low-dynamic (AHSLD) vibration isolator with a widely variable stiffness. By adjusting deformations of its horizontal springs, the natural frequency of the isolator can be substantially changed starting from a quasi-zero value. In this paper, the nonlinear static and dynamic analyses of the AHSLD isolator are presented. Effects of horizontal adjustments on the variation range of the stiffness and nonlinear dynamic characteristics are investigated. Good performance of the stiffness variation is validated by free-vibration tests. The wide-range variable stiffness from 0.33 N/mm to 23.2 N/mm is achieved in tests, which changes the natural frequency of the isolator from an ultra-low value of 0.72 Hz to 5.99 Hz. Besides, its nonlinear dynamic characteristics are also experimentally identified by applying the Hilbert transform. Both analytical and experimental results demonstrate the weakly hardening nonlinearity in the tested AHSLD isolator, which will not degrade its performance in practical applications.

    Research areas

  • high-static-low-dynamic stiffness, Hilbert transform, nonlinear vibration, variable stiffness



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